Altos de la Hoya 2006
The 2008 Altos de la Hoya Monastrell Ungrafted Old Vines is 92% Monastrell and 8% Garnacha aged mostly in seasoned oak. Dark ruby-colored, it proffers a nose of cigar box, leather, underbrush, and assorted black fruits. On the palate it is ripe, savory, friendly, and forward. Drink this crowd-pleaser over the next 3-4 years.Add winemaker's notes
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The 2008 Altos de la Hoya Monastrell Ungrafted Old Vines is 92% Monastrell and 8% Garnacha aged mostly in seasoned oak. Dark ruby-colored, it proffers a nose of cigar box, leather, underbrush, and assorted black fruits. On the palate it is ripe, savory, friendly, and forward. Drink this crowd-pleaser over the next 3-4 years.
Inky purple color. Strongly floral nose displays a seductive bouquet of dark berries, lavender, rose and smoky Indian spices. Vibrant blackberry and candied cherry flavors are lifted by zesty minerals, becoming deeper and sweeter with air. The impressively brisk and focused finish features pure berries. Here's another crazy value.
Inky purple. Deep, smoky, seductively perfumed bouquet of dark berries, macerated cherries, licorice and Indian spices. Powerful blackberry and cassis flavors are surprisingly lively, with notes of black cardamom and candied violet adding complexity. A zesty note of cracked pepper adds snap to the long, spicy, subtly sweet finish. Once again, this is probably the top value I found in my annual tastings of new releases from Spain. Some of the vines in this plot reportedly date back to 1872.
The 2003 Altos de la Hoya Monastrell Ungrafted Old Vines does not reveal any of the vintage's overripe character. Its deep purple color is accompanied by aromas of scorched earth, black fruits (primarily sweet blackberries), and espresso, a terrific attack, medium to full body, fine freshness, good definition, and a long, heady finish. It is a fabulous value that should be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years.
Chock full of big, rich black fruits, this wine manages to maintain substantial elegance in spite of its power. Layered and lush, it is a fruit bomb to indulge in.
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