Grapes: 100% Garnacha Tinta
This wine is made from vines averaging 40 years old. The old bush vines are gown at high elevation, 700-750 meters above sea level on a rugged, windy, exposed hillside that forces the vines to struggle to grow. The poor, stony, iron-rich red clay soils provide great structure in the finished wine.
All of the grapes were hand harvested prior to fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Following fermentation, the wine was aged for 7 months in used French oak barrels for additional complexity and richness.
Gold Metal 20th Berlin Wine Trophy, 2016.
View from the Cellar
As I mentioned last year, the old vine bottling of Montaña from Legado del Moncayo is made from forty year-old bush vines and aged in used French barrels for seven months prior to bottling. The 2015 version is excellent, offering up a deep and more black fruity bouquet of black cherries, raspberries, grilled meats, a touch of coffee bean, garrigue, stony soil tones and a topnote of bonfire. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, bright and shows off even better midpalate depth from the older vines. The wine is nicely balanced, ripely tannic and focused, with good backend soil signature and a nascently complex finish. The extra element of fruit from the old vines covers the tannins a bit better out of the blocks than in the regular bottling, and consequently, this is a bit more approachable out of the blocks (though still really built for a bit of cellaring). Fine juice and another stellar value, as this cuvée is all of fourteen dollars here in America! 2017-2035. Jan/Feb 2017
Brilliant ruby-red. Aromas of ripe red berries, cherry and lavender take on a smoky topnote as the wine opens up. Silky and alluringly sweet, offering black raspberry, cherry liqueur and floral pastille flavors enlivened by a jolt of white pepper. The long, fruit-driven finish shows very good clarity, silky tannins and an echo of juicy red fruit. 2018 - 2022 New Releases from Spain Part 1
The Wine Enthusiast
Plum and berry aromas are a touch prickly, as if there were notes of herbs and wild pasture infused into this Garnacha. Tight and drawing on the palate, this tastes of black fruits, chocolate and savory spices. A firm, tannic, rubbery-feeling finish maintains the wine's integrity. December 1, 2016