Bodegas Alto Moncayo

Campo de Borja Garnacha

9.3596 ratings
9.183 pro ratings
Campo de Borja, Aragón, Spain
Garnacha
Paella
Top Notes For
Nicholas Livingston

Moncayo is Alto Moncayo's pride and joy; both dark and bold, pronounced and lasting, this is 100% old vine Garnacha planted to the southwesterly slopes of Moncayo mountain in the Campo de Borja (KAHM-po day BOAR-ha) appellation of Aragon in north central Spain. Here the iron rich red clay is poor in organic matter but mixes with some calcareous limestone which when coupled with low rainfall yields few clusters of extremely concentrated Garnacha (the native Spanish variety known in France and the Rhone in particular as Grenache). Deep, rich cherries and grilled plums meld with cola and root spices, floral high notes and warm toasty notes akin to dark cocoa and dark roasted coffee. Few wines bear this much concentration nor warrant aging in both French and American oak but 30 to 90 year old Garnacha has guts and plenty of stuffing to manage and so all these scents and flavors combine to great effect all throughout and long onto the finish. Another total knockout from Alto Moncayo. This could very well become my go to red for big juicy steaks off the grill.

Moncayo is Alto Moncayo's pride and joy; both dark and bold, pronounced and lasting, this is 100% old vine Garnacha planted to the southwesterly slopes of Moncayo mountain in the Campo de Borja (KAHM-po day BOAR-ha) appellation of Aragon in north central Spain. Here the iron rich red clay is poor in organic matter but mixes with some calcareous limestone which when coupled with low rainfall yields few clusters of extremely concentrated Garnacha (the native Spanish variety known in France and the Rhone in particular as Grenache). Deep, rich cherries and grilled plums meld with cola and root spices, floral high notes and warm toasty notes akin to dark cocoa and dark roasted coffee. Few wines bear this much concentration nor warrant aging in both French and American oak but 30 to 90 year old Garnacha has guts and plenty of stuffing to manage and so all these scents and flavors combine to great effect all throughout and long onto the finish. Another total knockout from Alto Moncayo. This could very well become my go to red for big juicy steaks off the grill.

7 people found it helpfulNov 11th, 2013
Sofia Horvath

Out at dinner. Enjoyed by all!

Out at dinner. Enjoyed by all!

1 person found it helpfulMar 12th, 2017
Brent S

Let's put it this way: a FULL glass of this dark, extracted deliciousness spilled on the carpet in the middle of our family room, and the only thing we were upset about was losing that glass of wine.

Let's put it this way: a FULL glass of this dark, extracted deliciousness spilled on the carpet in the middle of our family room, and the only thing we were upset about was losing that glass of wine.

1 person found it helpfulDec 26th, 2016
E. Bishop

Wow. What great wine. Beautiful big nose of plums and pears and dark berries. Deep purple and dark red color. Semi-sweet cherries are the immediate tongue burst, and it slides into a full fruit berries, plums and a earthy tone in the back. After 30 minutes or so, the tang of cherries calms to more fruit and a softer, rounder flavor with soft spicy feel on the end. Very nice. Will definitely get again.

Wow. What great wine. Beautiful big nose of plums and pears and dark berries. Deep purple and dark red color. Semi-sweet cherries are the immediate tongue burst, and it slides into a full fruit berries, plums and a earthy tone in the back. After 30 minutes or so, the tang of cherries calms to more fruit and a softer, rounder flavor with soft spicy feel on the end. Very nice. Will definitely get again.

1 person found it helpfulMar 11th, 2016
Ian Blackburn

Massive and punctuated Grenache - elaborate and endowed - tasting now is irresponsible - fruit wood and spice need time to integrate but well proportioned and balanced - Will try again in 2019

Massive and punctuated Grenache - elaborate and endowed - tasting now is irresponsible - fruit wood and spice need time to integrate but well proportioned and balanced - Will try again in 2019

1 person found it helpfulMay 4th, 2015
andrew cook

buy a case and drink in a decade. real deal, once again! impressive

buy a case and drink in a decade. real deal, once again! impressive

1 person found it helpfulJan 31st, 2015
Lyn Farmer

Deeply colored and richly flavored garnacha, about like a baby Priorat. Tar, plum, black cherry, and just about obvious. I remember vintages in years past being a bit more elegant than this brooding inkpot but it's still wonderful and fairly priced - I paid $38 for it. Best of all with medium plus acidity it paired well with seafood paella

Deeply colored and richly flavored garnacha, about like a baby Priorat. Tar, plum, black cherry, and just about obvious. I remember vintages in years past being a bit more elegant than this brooding inkpot but it's still wonderful and fairly priced - I paid $38 for it. Best of all with medium plus acidity it paired well with seafood paella

Apr 28th, 2017
Erich Broksas

Early Mountain Vineyards

8.9

Love this Granacha.

Love this Granacha.

Oct 16th, 2016
Steven Kukesh

R&D Winemaker at DFV

9.1

Smoke and mineral. Lots of black fruit with a surprising floral finish

Smoke and mineral. Lots of black fruit with a surprising floral finish

Sep 17th, 2016
Emmanuel Cazes

Riche et mûr, encore un peu trop de bois

Riche et mûr, encore un peu trop de bois

May 7th, 2016