eRobertParker.com #1113 Nov 2013 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 95 Drink: N/A $40-$50 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 was a great opportunity to look at one of the flagship wines of importer Jorge Ordonezs portfolio. Alto Moncayo is a 100% old vine Grenache cuvee (900-1,000 cases produced depending on the vintage) 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. The wine is fermented in open-top wood fermenters, and spends 19 months in 100% new oak prior to being bottled unfiltered. The fruit is all destemmed. I tasted these ten vintages of Alto Moncayo in September, and I was blown away by how well they were showing. Importer: Jorge Ordonez Selections,Dedham, MA; tel. (781) 461-5767: email:firstname.lastname@example.org Score: 93 Release Price: $48 Country: Spain Region: Spain Issue: Aug 31, 2014 Designation: Highly Recommended Rich and velvety, this red fills the mouth with blackberry, boysenberry and cassis fruit, with cocoa, espresso and licorice accents. The firm tannins are well-integrated, while balsamic acidity keeps this balanced. A big wine, in the modern style. Drink now through 2020. 1,200 cases made. TM
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