Bodegas Alto Moncayo

Brand Description

 Bodegas Alto Moncayo is a winery located in the Campo de Borja D.O. It was founded in 2002 with the aim of turning it into a world reference for Garnacha wines of the highest quality, crafted from some of the oldest native vine clones in the area.The garnacha grape is one of the varieties that best expresses its terroir. Thus, the Garnacha of Alto Moncayo is different from the rest of the Campo de Borja D.O area. This is due to the very strict selection made from the vineyards, the type of soil in which it is grown, the microclimate, and the age of the vines.

Location of Vineyard

Located in Borja- the heart of the Campo de Borja DO . Vines are planted at the foothills of El Moncayo which is the highest point in the Iberian Mountain Range (2,315 m) and the winery's namesake. The region experiences a continental climate with  hot  summers  and  cold  winters.  Vineyards are planted on very  unique  soils  of  red  clay  (indicative  of  being  rich  in  iron)  mixed  with  red  slate, and because  of  the  hillside  location are shallow and nutrient-deficient.  

Winemaking Philosophy

The Garnacha grapes of Alto Moncayo undergo very strict vineyard selection, from vines planted as far back as the early 1900's through the 1970's. Only  the  most  perfectly  mature clusters are selected and carried in small crates to prevent crushing, where they are further sorted and selected at triage tables. Wines undergo malolactic fermentation in both French & American oak, and aged in new barrels between anywhere from 16-24 months.  These practices, in combination with the unique microclimate of the area ensure superior quality Garnacha that is distinct from any other in the Campo de Borja D.O.

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"The top cuvée is the 2015 Alto Moncayo Aquilon, 100% Garnacha that’s mostly barrel fermented and aged in 10% larger oak American Hogshead and 90% in new French oak. It tastes like the straight Alto Moncayo, just slightly more concentrated, pure, and polished. Black raspberries, crème de cassis, toasted spices, chocolate, and crushed flower notes all give way to a full-bodied, ethereally textured, seamless, yet power-packed beauty that I’d be thrilled to drink anytime over the coming decade or more."
— acclaim for 2015 Alto Moncayo Aquilon from Jeb Dunnuck, Mar 2018
“Saturated ruby. Potent, mineral- and smoke-accented blackberry, cherry preserve, vanilla and potpourri aromas are complicated by an exotic spice nuance that builds steadily with air. Seamless, concentrated and alluringly sweet, offering palate-staining black and blue fruit liqueur, spicecake, vanilla, mocha and floral pastille flavors and a hint of allspice. Finishes sappy, smooth and extremely long, with harmonious tannins and lingering spice and floral notes. Raised in a 90/10 mix of new French and American oak barrels.”
— acclaim for 2015 Alto Moncayo Aquilon from Vinous, Feb 2021
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