New Press - Wash Post highlights Arrocal and Legado del Moncayo

Aug 30, 2019

In an article entitledJuicy and lively, this $14 Spanish garnacha is brimming with berries, Washington Post wine columnist Dave McIntyre highlighted two of our imports; Legado del Moncayo Garnacha Vendimia Seleccionada "Montaña" 2017 and Arrocal Ribera del Duero 2017.

I’ve been on a western Mediterranean kick lately, especially enjoying some great bargains from Spain. This is the second week in a row a Spanish garnacha snags the greatest value of the week designation, another example where this category continues to shine. I was even more enamored of the tempranillo from Arrocal in Spain’s Ribera del Duero region. These would be fun to taste side-by-side with the Domaine Neferis Selian Carignan from Tunisia, while crossing another wine country off your list. All three are bold, juicy reds, ideal to pair with smoky grilled meats. And while the coals are warming up, slake your thirst with a delightful rosé from Spain or a crisp sauvignon blanc from the Loire Valley.

Legado del Moncayo Montaña Vendimia Seleccionada Garnacha 2017

Campo de Borja, Spain, $14
Spain’s old garnacha vines produce some terrific value wines. This one is fun and juicy, with flavors of boysenberry, cherry and mint. Give it some time after pulling the cork, and it will reward your patience. Alcohol by volume: 14.5 percent.

Arrocal 2017
*** Exceptional

Ribera del Duero, Spain, $19
Ribera del Duero produces some terrific red wines from the tempranillo grape. Arrocal is spicy and meaty, with notes of tobacco and blueberry and a satisfying, long finish. ABV: 14 percent.