This Spanish red wine is made from old vines, some of which are over 100 years old, grown in the rugged, mountainous region of Campo de Borja, in the norther Spanish province of Aragón.
The vines are planted on the wind-swept hills of the Moncayo mountains. Soils have very low levels of organic matter and temperature differences between daytime and nighttime are huge.
The grapes were meticulously harvested and selected. After that, this red wine by the Alto Moncayo winery was traditionally vinified and aged for 24 months in new French and American oak barrels.
Aquilón 2011 has earned a reputation among the world's best Grenache wines. This vintage got a score of 96 points in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
A masterpiece in the making, this wine will evolve in the bottle for a period of 7-9 years.
Dark, intense, medium-high cherry-coloured robe.
Intoxicating aromas of toast and balsam punctuated by extremely pure notions of red and black fruit. Notes of lavender and flowers, along with pepper, Eastern spices, vanilla, cocoa and, on the background, deep, resounding mineral notes that bear witness of the wine's great, harsh terroir.
Big, palate-coating and masterfully crafted. Despite its volume, texture is delicate as silk. Perfectly balanced notions of spices, fruit and balsam. Finely smoked, conveying a real sense of terroir and some deep, telluric impressions. Great acidity, surprising freshness -considering its alcohol content- and endless, extremely persistent finish with some remembrances of balsam and earth.
|Our personal opinion||
Aquilón 2011 is a world-class Grenache. Be sure to decant it for at least 1 hour before you drink it.
|D.O.||Campo de Borja|
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||One hour before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in acacia wood barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||24|
|Other guides||Stephen Tanzer: 93 puntos. Wine Spectator: 93 puntos.|
|Name of Award||Decanter Word Wine Awards 2014: Medalla de Plata|
|Percentage of variety||No|
|Pairings||Birds, Civet, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Grilled red meats, Red meat with gravy, Roasted red meats, Sheep´s cheese, Specialty Spanish prosciutto|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Tasty with barrel notes, Very intense and inky|
|Occasion||A special occasion, To bring to an engagement|