Alto Moncayo Veraton 2008
Grenache from Spain
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 15.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
This wine exudes the sweet smell of oak with a hint of cedar. The mouth is soft and fruity, having a lusciousness that is true to the house style.This wine is 100% Garnacha.
"Smoky, peppery and tight on the nose, with leather and dark fruit aromas. The palate is chewy and dense, with syrupy richness and sweet flavors of ripe blackberry, toast, coffee, mocha and chocolate. Big and round on the finish; rock solid and seriously built. Drink now through 2013."
"Vivid ruby. Explosively perfumed scents of ripe blackberry, blueberry and candied violet. Appealingly sweet flavors of dark fruit preserves are framed by velvety tannins and pick up spiciness with air. Shows good freshness on the finish, which echoes the blueberry note. "
International Wine Cellar
Big & Bold
I can’t say enough about Jorge Ordonez. For those who don’t know the name take note, because he is the preeminent importer of the best wines from one of the world most undervalued wine regions – Spain. Beginning in the 1980’s, he started bringing high quality Spanish wines to the U.S. and today he imports over 130 wines from 40 different wineries. When you see the “Jorge Ordonez Selection” label on the back of a bottle; odds are you’re holding a winner. This Veraton is no exception. Made with 100% Garnacha grapes (Grenache in French; the main varietal in Southern Rhone wines), it is a deep ruby colored powerhouse that still provides great finesse and balance. On the nose, you’ll find stewed prunes, black cherry, blackberry and peppercorn, balanced out with the earthiness of tobacco. The oak is well integrated with caramel and toast notes, and it has a big, long finish with ample grape tannin. The first label is one of my favorite wines, and while this Veraton isn’t quite in the same category, it is a sensational value. However, if you’re still thinking $29 is a bit pricey for a bottle of wine, my next suggestion would be the Atteca Garnacha for $16. It comes from a different winery, but it’s also an Ordonez wine and it displays many of the same characteristics that I look for in a good Spanish Granacha. Food Pairing Suggestions: Go to the butcher right now and pick up some lamb or pork chops. Chops are a must because of that great strip of fat they have on them. Then fire up the grill and get a good char on that fat before serving it up with this Veraton. After that meal, you’ll be prepared to meet your maker because it might not get too much better. For a less earth shattering, but still tasty, experience look to drink this wine with a variety of grilled sausages like Spanish merguez, a kielbasa or perhaps some blood sausage.
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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...
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The third largest country in production, Spain ranks first in land under vine. Diversity and innovation are the key factors bringing Spain back into the world wine market.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino...
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This sun-worshiping grape gets ripe and loves hot, dry weather. Popular in
(called Garnacha), Australia and the southern
Rhone region of France, Grenache
is the primary grape in regions such as
It's often tamed by less fleshy, more structured grapes like
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