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Date Printed: 12/24/2014
Alto Moncayo Veraton 2005
Alto Moncayo Veraton 2005
(search item no. 93413)
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/24/2014: $28.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Inky purple. A heady bouquet evokes ripe red berries, anise, mocha and pungent fresh flowers. Supple and sweet on entry, then more structured in the middle, offering deep, mineral-accented dried strawberry and cherry liqueur flavors. Takes a spicy turn on the long, sappy finish, which echoes the pure red berry qualities. The oak (all new) is almost shockingly understated, perhaps thanks to the reported four-year aging of the staves."
-International Wine Cellar

"The 2005 Alto Moncayo Veraton is 100% Garnacha aged in new French and American oak for 17 months. Dark ruby-colored, it exhibits an alluring nose of toasty new oak, mineral, spice box, black cherry, and black raspberry. This leads to a wine bordering on opulence, with layers of fruit, some structure, and a long, pure finish. Drink it over the next 8-10 years."
-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.