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Date Printed: 8/27/2014
Alto Moncayo Aquilon 2004
Alto Moncayo Aquilon 2004
(search item no. 90338)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $149.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The 1,000 case luxury cuvee, the 2004 Aquilon, was fashioned from the winery's oldest vines and best material. Revealing nearly off the chart ripeness, richness, and intensity, it will undoubtedly be controversial, separating traditionalists from more progressive tasters, but I loved it. It will be interesting to see how this tour de force in winemaking ages. It is the vino equivalent of a Hummer four-wheel drive vehicle."
-Wine Advocate
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About Bodegas Alto Moncayo:

Bodegas Alto Moncayo is a joint venture of Jorge Ordonez, Bodegas Borsao and others, in conjunction with Chris Ringland. It is located in the town of Bulbuente (Zaragoza) Spain and the Denominacion Campo de Borja. 62 hectares (153.2 acres) of old clone Garnacha vines are planted ont he hillside vineyards oriented to the southwest. With vineyards located in three villages, a few of the vineyards are terraced. The winery possesses very unique soils of red clay (indicative of being rich in iron) mixed with red slate. Because of its hillside location the soils are very poor in organic matter and shallow. A few sites have calcareous soil. Nighttime during the summer brings cool temperatures to moderate the growing season and there is scant rainfall. The youngest vines of Alto Moncayo are 35 years old and the oldest vineyards are over 90 years old. Their focus is exlusively on Garnacha.