April 27, 2019 - Very dense fruit, plum, black cherry.
Excellent drinking now (4/2019)
February 26, 2019 - 40-75 yr old vines. 20 months new and used French and American oak. Borsao collective vineyards. Darker, more brooding fruit. Not an everyday Garnacha. over 16% abv.
February 5, 2019 - Ripe strawberry, leather, clay, rich, high alcohol. Hot. Dusty tannin. Southern Rhone like.
November 24, 2018 - From memory, as I had no opportunity to take notes:
Upon opening, I hardly registered a smell at all. It felt like smelling un-crushed berries in a pile of gravel. An immediate taste revealed a really powerful fruit, monolitic but truly deep, and some pretty well behaved tannins. As the hours went by - needless to say, I decanted the wine, in glasses, for as long as it was practically possible - the fruit unfolded itself somewhat towards a rich compot, the soft but powerful tannins played along well, and there was an overtone of vanilla oakiness that showed itself from time to time. The wine was rewarding and I liked it young thanks to the depth of the fruit - not sure what else to call it!
October 29, 2018 - - Purple color.
October 23, 2018 - Very nice wine with dark fruit and balance.
September 21, 2018 - As my wine of choice for International Grenache Day I was enlivened to pick such a strong and exciting example of new world styled garnacha. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. The wine almost jumped from the glass, a mix of rich black raspberry and lomey earth. Some floral undertones as well. Such a rich, rewarding mouthfeel, with copious dark fruit, almost velvet tannins and amazing balance for such a big wine. Heat was kept in check and the acids were minimal. Overall, a complex kind of fruitbomb, especially as it opened up. By the third hour some enticing tar and black licorice were also coming into play, as well as a lessening of the more forward fruits. Needless to say, the bottle did not survive the night. If other '15s from Borja are as good as the Alto, then this could be a vintage to search for. I don't know if it's going to have a long lasting life, especially with the smoother tannins, but it's drinking so wonderfully now I say enjoy it while you can.
August 18, 2018 - Leather, red fruit, cherry chocolate on nose and palette. Acid "lifts it out of the barrel" and balances oak. A little hot, but shows characteristics of Grenache.
July 8, 2018 - Picota violáceo. Nariz intensa, con cierta opulencia, madura, muy tostada, chocolate negro, tinta china, regaliz, algo licorosa y con cierta mineralidad. Buena definición. En boca la entrada es buena, aparecen sensaciones mentoladas, tanino intenso, acidez media, sensaciones licorosas, algo terroso, largo y estructurado. Falta botella. EL paso por barrica aún no está totalmente integrado. Perfil mediterráneo.
June 19, 2018 - High alcohol and a big palate but actually not as full throttle as I was expecting (as was the case in past years). Still loads of extraction resulting in a liqueur cocktail wine of redfruit mixed with dollops cassis, anise, tar and a touch of burnt asphalt. Might actually need time to open as some elements came off bitter and almost acidic. Despite the borderline negative review I like these and they always deliver for the money.