Inky purple. A heady bouquet evokes ripe red berries, anise, mocha and pungent fresh flowers. Supple and sweet on entry, then more structured in the middle, offering deep, mineral-accented dried strawberry and cherry liqueur flavors. Takes a spicy turn on the long, sappy finish, which echoes the pure red berry qualities.
Bodegas Alto Moncayo makes 3 single varietal garnacha wines and Veraton is the third (and cheapest) option at the winery. But to think that it is a poor cousin to the other 2 will be wrong. The Veraton is made from grapes harvested from 30 to 50 year old vines and barrel aged for 16 months to take out any rough edges. Much care has gone into making this wine and the result is excellent. Rather than being an inferior label to the Alto Moncayo and Aquilon, we think it gives a different interpretation to the garnacha grape. It is red fruits driven and compared to the other 2, a lot fresher on the palate. We will drink it with pork and lighter meats, or on its own. There's no reason not to.
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