Highland Hops and Vines

Located in Highland Hts., Ohio
On The Corner of Highland Rd & Miner Rd
Phone : 440.683.1338

Voted #1 Wine Shop - Cleveland Hot List
Voted #1 Wine Tasting - Best of the East 2014 & 2015

Alto Moncayo

$49.99 CUY

2002 Alto Moncayo Rating: 96
2003 Alto Moncayo Rating: 93
2004 Alto Moncayo Rating: 96
2005 Alto Moncayo Rating: 95+
2006 Alto Moncayo Rating: 97
2007 Alto Moncayo Rating: 100
2008 Alto Moncayo Rating: 92
2009 Alto Moncayo Rating: 100
2010 Alto Moncayo Rating: 92
2011 Alto Moncayo Rating: 95

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This was a great opportunity to look at one of the flagship wines of importer Jorge Ordoñez’s portfolio. Alto Moncayo is a 100% old vine Grenache cuvée (900-1,000 cases produced depending on the vintage) that is a joint project between Jorge Ordoñez and Barossa winemaker, Chris Ringland. Five generations of vignerons have farmed over 210 acres of primarily old vine Grenache at Alto Moncayo, a wine that is produced from incredibly low yields of 500 grams of grape bunches per vine. There are never more than six to eight bunches on these ancient head-pruned Grenache vines. The wine is fermented in open-top wood fermenters, and spends 19 months in 100% new oak prior to being bottled unfiltered. The fruit is all destemmed. I tasted these ten vintages of Alto Moncayo in September, and I was blown away by how well they were showing. I tend to drink Alto Moncayo during its first 5-6 years of life. Although I was sure they had aging potential, I did not realize just how much longevity these wines possess. They are generally full-bodied, powerful (with at least 15.5% natural alcohol), concentrated, rich wines made from very old vines and tiny yields.


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