Alto Moncayo Veraton Garnacha Campo de Borja 2011
95 points Robert Parker: ...100% old vine Grenache... that is a joint project between Jorge Ordonez and Barossa winemaker, Chris Ringland. Five generations of vignerons have farmed over 210 acres of primarily old vine Grenache at Alto Moncayo, a wine that is produced from incredibly low yields of 500 grams of grape bunches per vine. There are never more than six to eight bunches on these ancient head-pruned Grenache vines... spends 19 months in 100% new oak prior to being bottled unfiltered...(Nov 2013)
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Vivid ruby. High-pitched red berry and floral scents are complemented by notes of mocha, vanilla and licorice pastille. Sweet and seamless but surprisingly lively, offering intense black raspberry and lavender pastille flavors and a hint of clove. The floral quality gains strength with air and carries through a long, youthfully tannic finish.
I tend to drink Alto Moncayo during its first 5–6 years of life. Although I was sure they had aging potential, I did not realize just how much longevity these wines possess. They are generally full-bodied, powerful (with at least 15.5% natural alcohol), concentrated, rich wines made from very old vines and tiny yields. If you are not into flavor concentration or care about artisanal wines from great terroirs that have been ignored for centuries, this may not be the wine for you. Not one of these ten vintages was close to full maturity. The two most recent vintages, 2010 and 2011, were both late, cooler years and both have turned out to be sexy wines. I suspect that in many ways, 2011 will behave like 2006, being precocious and delicious, but not as long-lived as some of its siblings. These wines appear to have 20–30 years of aging potential, although the sweet spot for drinking them appears to be between age 8 and 15.
This rich red delivers expressive flavors of blackberry boysenberry and espresso with a thick texture enlivened by balsamic acidity. Drink now through 2020.
Remarkably the 2011 Veraton is just as strong with an even higher alcohol content of 15.5%. A fabulous nose of spring flowers ground pepper blackberries and black cherry liqueur is followed by a full-bodied super-intense wine made from incredibly low yields and aged 17 months in a combination of French and American oak before being bottled unfiltered. This superb wine easily competes with wines priced two to three times higher. It too should drink well for a decade. - Robert Parker Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.
Inky ruby. Expansive smoke-accented aromas of blackberry and blueberry compote cola and vanilla bean. Lush and creamy in texture with palate-staining dark fruit compote flavors complicated by suave oak spices. The smoky quality comes back on the the powerful very long subtly tannic finish. Shows a lot of intense fruit and seems surprisingly approachable now. Stephen Tanzers IWC.