Grape(s): 100% Garnacha
Localization: Campo de Borja D.O.
90 points Vinous: "Limpid violet. Primary red and blue fruit aromas are complemented by building floral and spice accents. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering gently sweet boysenberry and cherry flavors and a hint of bitter chocolate. Closes long and spicy, with repeating blue fruit character and gently gripping tannins. All stainless steel. Drink 2022-2027. 90 points." –Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Feb. 2021
90+ points View from the Cellar: "The 2020 Garnacha from Legado del Moncayo is another fine vintage for this consistent producer in the mountain's foothills of Moncayo. The wine offers up a ripe and vibrant nose of red and black cherries, grilled game, garrigue, limestone minerality, a touch of Châteauneuf-like fruit cake and a topnote of bonfire. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and nicely sappy at the core, with good soil undertow, modest tannins and a long, complex and very nicely balanced finish. Fine juice that is very tasty out of the blocks, but will also age quite well. 2021-2035. 90+ points." –John Gilman, View from the Cellar #92, Mar-Apr 2021
Food Pairing: It has plenty of concentrated fruit to hold up to a steak or a hardy stew, and with no oak, it goes great with poultry and pasta, too.
The Domain: Isaac Fernández Selección is a unique collaborative venture between two individuals – Isaac Fernández Montaña one of Spain’s most acclaimed winemakers and Aurelio Cabestrero whose vision and commitment helped bring Spanish wines to the forefront in the United States. They work at rediscovering forgotten regions of superior terroir and maximizing the potential from old vines of indigenous grape varieties in a number of regions.
2013 was the first vintage of Legado del Moncayo, a subtly oaked, old vine Garnacha from Campo de Borja. This wine compliments their existing offering from Calatayud as it offers more floral, red fruit aromas and lighter weight. In 2014 they added an un oaked wine made from younger vines, a delicious wine priced to be enjoyed everyday. In 2015 they expanded the line again with a unique expression of Garnacha Blanca, an exceedingly rare grape in the area. Finally in 2016, they produced their first dry Muscat, a highly aromatic, white wine that pairs beautifully with intensely flavored foods.