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Date Printed: 9/20/2014
Alto Moncayo Aquilon 2006
Alto Moncayo Aquilon 2006
(search item no. 96459)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $145.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark purple. The nose offers surreal, room-filling perfume of ripe raspberry, blackberry, incense, vanilla and dried flowers. Shockingly understated on the palate, with vibrant red berry, smoked meat and baking spice flavors, silky tannins and crisp mineral bite. There's no excess fat or sweetness here. Finishes with palate-staining intensity and superb focus.

94 Points

"Glass-staining ruby. Finely etched raspberry, blackberry, floral and mineral aromas expand in the glass while retaining impressive clarity. Silky and sweet, with pinot-like red berry and cherry flavors, a seamless texture and a big jolt of smoky minerals on the back. Balances racy precision with great flavor impact, picking up Asian spices and candied rose with air. The very long finish repeats the red fruit and floral qualities with conviction. If only the current set of Australian wines from consulting winemaker Chris Ringland had even half the clarity and elegance of these." Josh Raynolds,
International Wine Cellar

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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.