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2002 Alto Moncayo - Aquilon Grenache - Spain - Aragon - Campo de Borja - Red

Spain - Aragon - Campo de Borja

Red Grenache
WS 86
WA 96
IWC 94
Drink Dates
Comm: 2008-2013 WA: 2005-2015 WS: 2005-2008
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750ml $119.95

IWC 94
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 116

($140) Saturated medium ruby. Roasted blackberry, grilled nuts, minerals and smoky oak on the explosive nose. Thick, dense and creamy, with supersweet, liqueur-like flavors of dark berries and maraschino cherry lifted by a mineral component. Lush and mouthfilling but also sappy and vibrant. Finishes with extremely fine, powdery tannins and superb, slow-building persistence. This went though its malolactic fermentation in all new French and American barrels, but a portion of the wine was aged in tank. (Fine Estates From Spain Dedham MA))

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WA 96
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 159
Drink Dates 2005-2015

The superb 2002 Aquilon is a selection of old vine Grenache from hillside vineyards. A gorgeously complex perfume of kirsch liqueur, black raspberries, cassis, minerals, flowers, and sweet oak is followed by a full-bodied, massively-endowed, pure, textured, well-balanced wine. Given the limited production and high quality of this fabulous effort, its high price can not be considered unfair. It should drink well for a decade.

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WS 86
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2005-2008

Oaky flavors of cola, vanilla and toasted coconut enrobe a core of sweet, almost jammy blackberry fruit in this plush red. Soft tannins and lively acidity keep it in balance. For fans of oak. 4,200 cases made.

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Author sikora398
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.524%
Tasted On 07/09/2008

Full-bodied, deep colored grenache. Somewhat astringent at the finish. Good wine for a barbecue. Not as good as the 2004 or 2005.

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Author thirsty boy
Site / Blog   Trust Rating
Tasted On 07/02/2008
Drink Dates 2010-2015

Wow, really over the top, too much everything. This one was hard to swallow. Guess I lean more towards old world, not my style. Perhaps a few more years in the bottle will help, but I can't see how.

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Author Daniel B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.259%
Tasted On 05/01/2005
Drink Dates 2007-2012

Hello ? this wine just keeps growing and growing in the glass. I half expect it go over the sides as I sit here staring at it. Deeply colored with moderately pigmented slow moving legs. A strong nose of burgeoning, complex aromas of smoke, black licorice, deeply concentrated plum, some caramel, a bit of heat (but I can live with it considering how much else this wine brings to the table), a touch of spicy leather, black pepper, and controlled wood. Plush with excellent length. Tannins are completely drowned out by the wine?s concentration but make their slightly drying presence felt in the end. Plenty of acidity and one wishes it was better integrated. A dead ringer for a Sine Qua Non Grenache. Alto Moncayo is a new wine project from Jorge Ordonez (a Spanish wine importer deservedly well known for the quality of his products), Dan Philips (Marquis-Philips et al), and Chris Ringland (Three Rivers/Chris Ringland Shiraz). Aquil?n is their top end bottling. It is 100% Garnacha (Grenache) sourced from a small 125 year old ungrafted vineyard located at 750 to 900 meters above sea level. Malolactic fermentation was completed in all new French and American barrels and the wine was bottled without filtration.

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