Juan Gil, Monastrell 2014, Jumilla, Spain
Tasting Note: A monastrell with more of a tannin bite than is usual.
Medium-intensity ruby in color this wine has an aromatic nose of raspberry, blueberry, black cherry and red plum.
On the nose the dry, full-bodied monastrell shows ripe red and black fruit, grippy, medium-plus tannin and acidity.
The fruit-forward wine expresses raisin on a medium-plus finish.
The wine has mid-palate complexity with the tannin structure slightly overwhelming the fruit character.
Could drink now but suitable for further aging.
Bottle Note: Silver label. We selected the monastrell grapes for this wine from old parcels with low yields planted on shallow, chalky soils on a bed of limestone and rock, combined with arid climate forcing them to produce grapes richer in concentration and complexity. The wine is aged mostly in French oak barrels and shows a deep red color, abundant ripe fruit aromas, and a long spicy, well-balanced finish.
Importer: Slocum & Sons, North Haven, Connecticut
Tasting Date: March 9, 2017