Legado del Moncayo Garnacha Vendimia Seleccionada "Montaña"

"Spain’s old garnacha vines produce some terrific value wines. This one is fun and juicy, with flavors of boysenberry, cherry and mint." —
Dave McIntyre, Wine Columnist The Washington Post
Campo de Borja D.O.
100% Garnacha Tinta, from vines averaging 40 years-old
700-750 meters / poor, stony, iron-rich red clay
Farming Methods
Traditional methods
Hand harvested into small boxes
Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks
Aged for 7 months in used French oak barrels
Suggested Retail Price
Wine Name
Legado del Moncayo Garnacha Vendimia Seleccionada "Montaña" 2016
92 (IWR) 91 (WRO) 89 (VfC) ** (WP)
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92 International Wine Report Vivid dark and blue fruits evolve in the glass, as the stony character shines here. The aromatic range makes this difficult to put down. Round and generous on the mouth, the wine reveals a silky texture and lovely minerality. Wet stone, rose water, tangerine peel and red berry flavors persist on the palate. This beautiful wine should cellar marvelously for a decade.
June 2018
91 Wine Review Online If you don’t know much Spanish--or much about Spanish wines--Garnacha is the same variety as Grenache in French; Montaña translates to English as “mountain,” and these 40 year-old vines are all situated above 2,000 feet. This terrific wine displays a fresh fruit core of red berries with spicy, smoky accents and a hint of juiciness to balance its tannic grip.
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Michael Franz, May 1, 2018
89 View from the Cellar The Montaña bottling from Legado del Moncayo is made from forty year-old garnacha vines and aged in used French casks for seven months prior to bottling. The 2016 is a fine follow-up to the lovely 2015, though it seems just a touch riper, offering up a fine bouquet of baked raspberries and cherries, spiced meats, a touch of garrigue, coffee, pepper and a fine base of soil tones. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and robust in personality, with ripe tannins, plenty of spiciness, good soil signature and a long, complex finish. This is a superb value, though not quite as precise as the 2015 was showing at this stage a year ago. 2018-2030+.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
** The Washington Post Score: ** Stars (Excellent)
Spain’s garnacha remains the source of some of the best bargains in red wines. This rich, intense version is made from 40-year-old vines grown on a mountainside. Enjoy this with meats from the grill or smoker.
The Washington Post, May 4, 2018
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Legado del Moncayo Garnacha Vendimia Seleccionada "Montaña" 2017
91 (I-WR) 91 (WRO) 91 (VM) 90 (WS) ** (WP)
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91 International Wine Review This 100% Garnacha is sourced from 40-60 year-old vines. Fermented with native yeast and aged 7 months in 100% used French oak, it is dark ruby in color and displays concentrated and very ripe and spicy dark red fruit flavors. It is rich and complex on the palate with thick extract and round tannins on the finish.
"Spanish Wines of Value and Quality" - June 20, 2019
91 Wine Review Online I love this wine, and I love it every year…and I know that I may be undercutting my “critical” credibility by writing that. But the truth is that this wine hits just the right balance points vintage after vintage. Sourced from a higher elevation vineyard site than Legado del Moncayo’s “regular” bottling, it shows more concentrated, gutsier fruit, with a more notable suggestion of a little wood influence. But then again, any wood influence is just “suggested,” and the fruit still stands at center stage--albeit with unusually good structure for a wine in this price category. The flavors recall both red and black cherries, with just a hint of spice and a subtle savory layer running beneath the fruit flavors. Whereas the “regular” Legado del Moncayo is suited to poultry or fish, this starts in terms of suitability at poultry and works its way up to pork, veal or duck…and would be entirely satisfying with a burger.
Michael Franz - "Go with Garnacha for Thanksgiving" Nov. 19, 2018
91 Vinous Media Youthful violet. Ripe red and blue fruit scents are complemented by suggestions of candied lavender, cola and five-spice powder. Juicy, nicely concentrated black raspberry and boysenberry flavors show very good depth, and mocha and white pepper notes come up with air. Finishes on an appealingly sweet note, with smooth, even tannins folding easily into the wine's plush, lingering fruit. All used French oak. 2021 – 2026.
Josh Raynolds - February 2021
90 Wine Spectator This generous red shows good density. Black cherry and plum flavors are accented by smoke, dried herb and espresso notes, supported by firm tannins and lively acidity. Balanced and focused. Drink now through 2027. 5,000 cases made, 3,000 cases imported.—T.M.
Tasting Highlights, Grenache vs. Garnacha: 8 Generous Reds for $30 or Less
February 6, 2020
** The Washington Post Score: 2.5 Stars (EXCELLENT)
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.
August 2019
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Legado del Moncayo Garnacha Vendimia Seleccionada "Montaña" 2018
91 (WB) 88 (VfC)
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91 Washington Wine Blog Sourced from Garnacha vines 40 years of age, this shows wonderful freshness and veve, with blood orange and iodine tones that combine with the pretty rose water and red fruits on the palate. Enjoy this beautifully elegant wine over the next seven plus years. Drink 2020-2027.
Dr. Owen J. Bargreen, CS - July 2020
88 View from the Cellar The 2018 Garnacha “Vendimia Seleccionada” from Legado del Moncayo is produced from a parcel of forty year-old vines, grown at an elevation of seven hundred-plus meters above sea level. The soils here are stony over a layer of iron-infused clay, and the wine is aged seven months in older French casks prior to bottling. The 2018 version is ripe at 14.5 percent octane, but quite pure on the nose, offering up scents of raspberries, garrigue, a good base of soil, pepper, a bit of roasted meats and a topnote of lavender. On the palate the wine is deep, fullbodied, ripe and well-balanced, with a good core of fruit, moderate, well-integrated tannins and a long, complex, peppery and gently jammy finish. This is a very good example of Garnacha and a great bargain at $15 a bottle here in the US! 2020-2030+.
Issue #86 - March/April 2020
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Legado del Moncayo Garnacha Vendimia Seleccionada "Montaña" 2019
91+ (VfC) 91 (WRO)
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91+ View from the Cellar The “Montana” Vendimia Seleccionada bottling from Legado del Moncayo hails from vineyards growing up the side of the volcano, with the vines ranging from forty to sixty years of age now. Unlike the regular bottling, the Montana is raised in used French casks for eight months prior to bottling. The wine offers up a wilder personality, from the combination of the older vines and the higher elevation, with the 2019 delivering scents of dark berries, spit-roasted game, pepper, garrigue, stony minerality, bonfire and a touch of celery seed in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full and very nicely balanced, with a good core, ripe tannins, lovely focus and grip and a long, complex and still light on its feet finish. This has a bit broader shoulders than the regular bottling, as well as just a bit more tannin, but it shares the same exceptional value, as this excellent bottle of Garnacha retails in the US for $15 a bottle! 2023-2040.
John Gilman - Issue #91 / February 2021
91 Wine Review Online I’ve never tasted a vintage of this special, upper elevation selection from Legado del Moncayo that I didn’t love, and the 2019 keeps that string alive. Always darker, deeper, and slightly plusher in feel than the (freshly delicious) regular bottling, it nevertheless remains quite lithe and lovely. There are, as usual, some black cherry notes in this bottling to go along with the red ones, and the overall proportions of fruit sweetness, acidity and tannin are just right. I’ve placed this on the wine list of all the restaurants for which I consult in multiple vintages, and the 2019 is a very strong candidate indeed.
Michael Franz – Issue: December 1, 2020
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