Legado del Moncayo Garnacha

"a classic expression of this grape...really insanely good wine" —
John Gilman, View from the Cellar
Campo de Borja D.O.
100% Garnacha Tinta, from 25 year-old-vines
560-600 meters / gravelly, chalky loam
Farming Methods
Traditional methods
Hand harvested fruit
Grapes were destemmed and lightly crushed prior to fermentation in stainless steel tanks
Aged for a few months in stainless steel tanks prior to bottling, no oak.
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Wine Name
Legado del Moncayo Garnacha 2017
90 (VfC) 88 (WRO)
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90 View from the Cellar The 2017 Garnacha Tinto from Legado del Moncayo is nicely ripe, coming in at fourteen percent octane and delivering a classic varietal nose of black raspberries, roasted venison, pepper, garrigue, a touch of celery seed and a complex base of stony soil tones. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, complex and impressively soil-driven, with a rock solid core, ripe tannins and a long, tangy and very well-balanced finish. This is an insanely good value at $11 per bottle here in the states and reminds me of when Châteauneuf du Pape was the bargain in French wines back in the early 1980s! It is approachable today, but will also age very nicely and will be even better with a few years in the cellar to let the tannins soften up a bit more. A great value! 2019- 2035.
Issue #78 - November/December 2018
88 Wine Review Online Simple, but simply delicious, this is a very pure rendering of Garnacha that doesn’t come off as grapey or obvious, which is exactly the danger for this grape in this style. Subtle savory undertones lend complexity and interest, and there’s enough acidity to keep it fresh, and enough tannin to offer framing. Basically a perfect, risk-free wine for Thanksgiving, this delivers roughly the juicy, open fruit flavors associated with good, standard Beaujolais, except that the flavors are both deeper and more lasting.
Michael Franz - "Go with Garnacha for Thanksgiving" Nov. 19, 2018
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Legado del Moncayo Garnacha 2018
90 (VM) 89+ (VfC) 89 (I-WR) 88 BB (WE)
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90 Vinous Media Lurid ruby. Ripe dark berries, candied flowers and succulent herbs on the perfumed nose. Smooth and fleshy in style, offering juicy black raspberry, boysenberry and licorice flavors that pick up a spicy element on the back half. Plush but energetic as well, finishing with very good cling and just a trace of velvety tannins. There's a lot of wine here for the money. All stainless steel. 2021 – 2024
Josh Raynolds - February 2021
89+ View from the Cellar The 2018 Garnacha Tinto from Legado del Moncayo is another superb bottle for its price tag, but like the 2017 version, this will be most rewarding if tucked away in the cellar for at least a couple of years. The bouquet is deep and nascently complex, offering up notes of black raspberries, garrigue, smoked game, a hint of pepper and a fine base of soil stones. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and chewy, with a fine core, very good soil signature, ripe tannins and a long, well-balanced and promising finish. Like the 2017 version, this comes in measured at fourteen percent octane and is going to be a lovely bottle with a bit of bottle age. 2023-2035+.
Issue # 85 - January/February 2020
89 International Wine Review This 100% Garnacha is fermented and aged in stainless steel. Unoaked, it is soft, rich and fruity and easy to drink. Sourced from a high altitude vineyard of clay and limestone.
"Spanish Wines of Value and Quality" - June 20, 2019
88 BB The Wine Enthusiast Dusty earth notes are attached to reedy red fruit aromas. Raspberry and jammy berry flavors are varietally true but short on depth. This plays up snappy brightness and a cheery red fruit character. Best Buy
August 2020
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Legado del Moncayo Garnacha 2019
90 (VfC) 89 (WRO)
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90 View from the Cellar The vineyards for this bottling sit at the foot of an extinct volcano, with the average age of the vines now twenty-five years of age. The soils are a combination of volcanic gravel and chalky loam, with the 2019 version coming in at 14.5 percent octane (though it seems lower than this on the palate). The wine is fermented and raised in stainless steel and see no oak. It offers up a superb nose of red and black raspberries, garrigue, bonfire, smoked meats, lovely spice tones and a fine base of soil. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, spicy and complex, with a fine core, excellent soil signature and grip, ripe, moderate tannins and a long, very nicely balanced finish. This has consistently been one of the best values to be found from Spain (one of the great value-oriented wine-producing countries on the planet!) and the 2019 is absolutely superb. 2021-2035.
John Gilman - Issue #91 / February 2021
89 Wine Review Online Joyously juicy and packed with fresh fruit aromas and flavors, this is simple but also simply delicious. Tart pie cherry fruit notes predominate, with ripe fruit sweetness (not residual sugar) balancing out the palate impression, and unobtrusive tannins lending structure but no bitterness or astringency. This will get a bit more complex over the next couple of years, but there’s no reason not to dive in now with lighter foods.
Michael Franz - Issue: December 1, 2020
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Legado del Moncayo Garnacha 2020
90+ (VfC) 90 (VM)
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90+ View from the Cellar The 2020 Garnacha from Legado del Moncayo is another fine vintage for this consistent producer in the mountain’s foothills of Moncayo. The wine offers up a ripe and vibrant nose of red and black cherries, grilled game, garrigue, limestone minerality, a touch of Châteauneuf-like fruit cake and a topnote of bonfire. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and nicely sappy at the core, with good soil undertow, modest tannins and a long, complex and very nicely balanced finish. Fine juice that is very tasty out of the blocks, but will also age quite well. 2021-2035.
John Gilman – Issue #92 March/April 2021
90 Vinous Media Limpid violet. Primary red and blue fruit aromas are complemented by building floral and spice accents. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering gently sweet boysenberry and cherry flavors and a hint of bitter chocolate. Closes long and spicy, with repeating blue fruit character and gently gripping tannins. All stainless steel. 2022-2027
Josh Raynolds – July 6, 2021 Central Spain Additions
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