Legado del Moncayo Garnacha Vendimia Seleccionada "Montaña" 2019


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This 100% garnacha wine was made by famed winemaker Isaac Fernandez. It was crafted from fruit hand-harvested from the winery's oldest low-yielding bush-trained vines (over 40 years of age) in their highest vineyards (700-750 meters, or 2300- 2460 feet). These remarkable vines grow in stony, iron-rich, red clay soils on the windy and exposed slopes of Campo de Borja's famed Moncayo Mountain.

With the extra-rich, extra-concentrated fruit available from these low yielding old vines, Fernandez elected to age this wine in used French oak barrels for 7 months. This gives the "Vendimia Seleccionada Montaña" bottling terrific texture, richness and complexity.

"I’ve never tasted a vintage of this special, upper elevation selection from Legado del Moncayo that I didn’t love, and the 2019 keeps that string alive. Always darker, deeper, and slightly plusher in feel than the (freshly delicious) regular bottling, it nevertheless remains quite lithe and lovely. There are, as usual, some black cherry notes in this bottling to go along with the red ones, and the overall proportions of fruit sweetness, acidity and tannin are just right. I’ve placed this on the wine list of all the restaurants for which I consult in multiple vintages, and the 2019 is a very strong candidate indeed. 91 points.” –Michael Franz, Wine Review Online, December 1, 2020 Issue.