Thursday, May 16, 2013

Bodegas Juan Gil Monastrell

Bodegas Juan Gil Honoro Vera Organic Monastrell 2012
Jumilla, Spain
Review: This was a new one for me -- 100% Monastrell (or Mourvèdre as it's known in France). Usually this grape is blended with Granache and Syrah, but here it is standing alone. The results are interesting. Monastrell is a thick skinned grape so this wine has a strong tannic structure. I left a bottle open for two days and upon revisiting it was much smoother. This is definitely a wine that would benefit from a few hours in the the decanter.

The fruit flavors here are nice, primarily dark plums and blackberries. The four months spent in French and American oak lend a toasty note with hints of vanilla. Given the strong tannins make this wine is best paired with food rather than on its own.

Food Pairing: A sure winner with braised beef!

Bottom Line: Most of my drinking tends to not be food oriented -- more along the lines of a glass to wind down after work. I would probably lean towards a wine that would stand better by itself.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2012
  • PLACE: Jumilla DO (Denominación de Origen)
  • GRAPE: Monastrell (Also known as Mourvèdre)
  • AGEING: 4 months in French and American oak
  • BOOZE: 15%
  • CELLAR: Drink now or age for a few years

Where did I get it? Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? Mid Priced

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