Garnacha. Aromatic, peppery and blueberry fruit. But spirity. (JH)
Dense and structured, yet still plush and inviting, this expressive red tastes like raspberry jam and dark chocolate, finishing with notes of tobacco, mineral and spices. A modern style, yet pure and clean, rich yet graceful and fresh. (TM)
Dark purple. The nose offers surreal, room-filling perfume of ripe raspberry, blackberry, incense, vanilla and dried flowers. Shockingly understated on the palate, with vibrant red berry, smoked meat and baking spice flavors, silky tannins and crisp mineral bite. There's no excess fat or sweetness here. Finishes with palate-staining intensity and superb focus. I'd love to see this lined up with some mega-bucks Napa cult wines costing twice the price of this admittedly luxe-priced bottle. If you play in this sandbox, you'll flip. (JR)
Even better than the ’06, the 2005 Bodegas Alto Moncayo Campo de Borja Aquilon boasts a knockout bouquet of blackberry liqueur, sweet oak, vanilla, licorice and toasty spice. In the mouth the wine is pure silk with a full body, a stunning, pure texture, perfect balance and a clean, precise finish. This has solid acidity that keeps it light on the palate and a joy to drink. While I think this wine could age, I can’t see a reason to wait.
The 2005 Aquilon has a splendid perfume of slate, violets, and cherry compote. There is beautiful integration of oak, tannin, and acidity, a smooth texture, layers of flavor, and exceptional length. There is enough structure to support 6-8 years of cellaring and it will provide pleasure through 2030. (JM)
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