Alto Moncayo Veraton 2016
‘Veraton’ is the third wine Alto Moncayo produces from the Garnacha grape, from vines between 30 and 50 years old, and aged in barrels for 16 months. It is a wine with an attractive collection of balsamic notes, of chocolate and black fruits, very warm in the mouth and an extremely pleasant finish.
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A very rich and attractively dense garnacha that has a succulent, dark-berry core with such lively, deeply ripe and long tannins. Such depth and great balance. Majestic wine. Drink or hold.
Their more approachable wine is the 2016 Veratón, produced exclusively with Garnacha grapes from vines planted in the 1970s and 1980s and fermented with neutral yeasts and matured in new and second use French and American oak barrel for 16 months. This already sets the tone of the house style with plenty of spicy, toasty and smoky aromas, vanilla, coconut, cinnamon, a creamy touch and a round and lush palate with 15% alcohol, abundant tannins and pungent flavors, mostly oak related. It's clean and has a warm and long finish marked by the alcohol. It's difficult to see the variety with all this oak. For fans of ripe oaky reds.
Concentrated berry fruit aromas are aided by vanilla and grainy oak scents. A tannic palate is no easy ride due to tannins that bite. Blackberry, chocolate, marshmallow and vanilla flavors finish with a final whack of spicy oak cut by leftover berry freshness. If big, ripe Garnacha is your thing, this should do the trick.
Bodegas Alto Moncayo is a winery located in the Campo de Borja D.O. It was founded in 2002 with the aim of turning it into a world reference for Garnacha wines of the highest quality, crafted from some of the oldest native vine clones in the area.The garnacha grape is one of the varieties that best expresses its terroir. Thus, the Garnacha of Alto Moncayo is different from the rest of the Campo de Borja D.O area. This is due to the very strict selection made from the vineyards, the type of soil in which it is grown, the microclimate, and the age of the vines. Located in Borja- the heart of the Campo de Borja DO . Vines are planted at the foothills of El Moncayo which is the highest point in the Iberian Mountain Range (2,315 m) and the winery's namesake. The region experiences a continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. Vineyards are planted on very unique soils of red clay (indicative of being rich in iron) mixed with red slate, and because of the hillside location are shallow and nutrient-deficient. The Garnacha grapes of Alto Moncayo undergo very strict vineyard selection, from vines planted as far back as the early 1900's through the 1970's. Only the most perfectly mature clusters are selected and carried in small crates to prevent crushing, where they are further sorted and selected at triage tables. Wines undergo malolactic fermentation in both French & American oak, and aged in new barrels between anywhere from 16-24 months. These practices, in combination with the unique microclimate of the area ensure superior quality Garnacha that is distinct from any other in the Campo de Borja D.O.
Known for its bold, heady, rustic and age-worthy red wines, Spain is truly a one-of-a-kind wine-producing nation. A great majority of the country is hot, arid and drought-ridden, and since irrigation has only been recently introduced and (controversially) accepted, viticulture has sustained—and flourished—only through a great understanding of Spain’s particular conditions. Large spacing between vines allows each enough resources to survive and as a result, the country has the most acreage under vine compared to any other country, but is usually third in production.
Most planted and respected is Tempranillo, the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. Priorat specializes in bold red blends, Jumilla has gained global recognition for its single varietal Monastrell and Utiel-Requena has garnered recent attention for its reds made of Bobal.