Legado del Moncayo Garnacha Blanca

"a stylish example of this grape, with lovely depth and bounce, and at its bargain price...a great value." —
John Gilman, View from the Cellar
Campo de Borja D.O.
100% Garnacha Blanca, from the single La Balsa vineyard, planted in 1998
600 meters / clay-rich loam
Farming Methods
Traditional methods
Hand harvested fruit
Grapes were whole-cluster pressed immediately upon arrival to the winery in a press jacketed with CO2 to avoid oxidation
Aged for 6 months on fine lees prior to bottling
Suggested Retail Price
Wine Name
Legado del Moncayo Garnacha Blanca 2016
88 (VfC)
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88 View from the Cellar The 2016 Garnacha Blanca from Legado del Moncayo comes in at 13.5 percent alcohol and delivers fine aromatic complexity in its nose of lemon, tart pear, wild fennel, salty soil tones, spring flowers and a hint of beeswax. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, crisp and wellbalanced, with a good core, fine soil signature and a long, bright and still quite primary finish. There is a bit of youthful bluntness on the finish today that will work out with a bit of bottle age, but this is a good, solid wine with plenty of personality in the more robust style of white grenache. 2018-2025.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
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Legado del Moncayo Garnacha Blanca 2017
91 (WRO) 89 (VfC) 88 (I-WR)
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91 Wine Review Online I’m much more familiar with Garnacha Blanca from Catalonia than Aragon, but this is a very convincing rendition of the variety. Medium-bodied, with open fruit flavors recalling white melon, tangerine and autumn pear, this is quite juicy and flavorful when first sipped, but then shows a more taut, citrus character in the finish. This sensory transition from a broad fore-palate to a linear aftertaste will help this work well with a very wide variety of foods, including anything from a roasted chicken to shellfish dishes such as shrimp or mussels. Delicious, and a very attractive bargain.
Michael Franz - November 6, 2018
89 View from the Cellar The 2017 Garnacha Blanco from Legado del Moncayo shows nicely measured ripeness in this vintage, coming in at 13.5 percent octane and delivering a fine bouquet of pear, a touch of coriander seed, raw almond, salty soil tones, a bit of wild fennel and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied and very nicely soil-driven in personality, with a lovely core, fine focus and grip and a long, complex finish. This is very, very good Garnacha Blanco and an absolute steal at $15 per bottle here in the states! 2019-2025.
Issue #78 - November/December 2018
88 International Wine Review Crisp, spicy, citrus and pineapple nose. Creamy and soft on the attack with a nice mineral touch on the finish. Clean and simple.
"Spanish Wines of Value and Quality" - June 20, 2019
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Legado del Moncayo Garnacha Blanca 2018
90 (VM) 89 (VfC)
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90 Vinous Media Pale yellow-gold. White peach, pear and Meyer lemon on the fragrant nose; with a fine dusting of minerality adds lift and urgency. Juicy orchard and pit fruit flavors are sharpened by hints of orange zest and honeysuckle. Finishes with spicy lift, a repeating citrus fruit note and very good persistence. 100% whole clusters and all stainless steel. 2021 – 2025
Josh Raynolds - February 2021
89 View from the Cellar The 2018 Garnacha Blanco from Legado del Moncayo is a fine follow-up to the strong 2017 version. These white grenache vines are grown at high altitude on soils of stony-clay soils. The 2018 comes in at the same octane as the 2017, 13.5 percent alcohol, and delivers a bright bouquet of pear, citrus blossoms, a fine base of soil, coriander seed, wild fennel and a bit of orange zest in the upper register. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and has a good core, with fine soil signature, zesty acids and good length and grip on the well-balanced and complex finish. This carries its ripeness quite nicely and remains one of the best white wine values to be found from Spain. 2020-2025+.
Issue # 85 - January/February 2020
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Legado del Moncayo Garnacha Blanca 2020
90 (WRO) 88 (VfC)
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90 Wine Review Online This is a very successful rendition of Garnacha Blanca that will excel as a summer sipper or a partner for spicy foods. Juicy and full of fresh fruit, yet not grapey or obvious, it shows delicious notes recalling golden apples, mangoes and pears. Delicate scents of white blossoms are alluring without being excessively perfumed, and there’s plenty of acidity to freshen the aftertaste without threatening to seem too tart to even the most sensitive tasters. The finish is admirably persistent for a wine that offers so much pure fun up front.
Michael Franz - May 11, 2021
88 View from the Cellar Legado del Moncayo’s 2020 Garnacha Blanca is bright and bouncy out of the blocks, offering up an expressive bouquet of pear, apple, a touch of honeysuckle, a fine base of chalky soil tones and just a hint of raw almond in the upper register. On the palate the wine is fullbodied, focused and juicy at the core, with moderate acids, but good backend vibrancy and a long finish. This will be best in its youth, as it is not overly structured, but there is plenty of enjoyment to be had over the near-term. 2021-2023.
John Gilman - Issue # 92 March/April 2021
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