100% Garnacha negra.
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Aquilon heeft 20 maanden houtrijping gehad.
Aquilon is een aangename evenwichtige 100% Garnacha wijn. Rijp fruit, fijne cacao, een vleugje kruiden, balsamico, mineralen, rijpe tannines en een lange volle indrukwekkende afdronk.
Goede combinatie met barbecue (gegrild vlees), boeuf bourguignon, rood vlees en wild.
Goed op dronk, maar kan zich tot 2030 nog verder ontwikkelen.
De optimale drinktemperatuur voor Aquilon is 17°C.
The Wine Advocate:
"The 2012 Aquilon is no shy wine in the dry and warm 2012 when yields were very low and produced very concentrated juice. This is a full-throttle Garnacha, ripe and rich, big and built like a tank, really young and somehow difficult to read as it's still covered by all that puppy fat, but tasting 2008 to 2011 side-by-side was a great help to picture how this 2012 could develop. This is somehow fresher than 2011 or 2009, but clearly needs to integrate the oak as it has plenty of aromas and flavors of chocolate, toasted bread and coffee. A very good vintage of Aquilon. Only 3,560 bottles were produced.
Alto Moncayo, the winery created in 2002 by Jorge Ordoñez, Bodegas Borsao, Australian winemaker Chris Ringland and other partners to create the most ambitious wines from Aragón, needs no introduction, as their labels Aquilón and Alto Moncayo are well known by our readers. They showed up with bottles from Aquilón from 2008 to 2012 included, so I tasted the five vintages, which was great comparison, and also an opportunity to see the pace at which the wine ages. The wine is pure Garnacha from vines planted between 1920 and 1950 on poor soils with clay, iron and red slate. The yields are low and ripeness high, resulting in wines that regularly hit the scales at a whopping 16% alcohol. The grapes are harvested in 18-kilo boxes and sorted, crushed and fermented in small 4,000-5,000 kilo vats with neutral yeasts. The wine is the aged for 24 months in new oak barrels (20% American, the rest French, all of them new in all vintages). Aquilón is really a barrel selection......."
Luis Gutierrez, Oct 2014