Juan Gil, 2005
The 2005 Juan Gil is 100% Monastrell aged for 12 months in French and American oak. It was sourced from estate vineyards with 45 year old vines. Bodegas Juan Gil is located in the Jumilla region of Spain. This region is known for having a harsh, arid climate with shallow, chalky soils on a bed of limestone and rock. These conditions challenge the vines and produce very low yields. This wine has a dark red color with purple tones. On the nose it has powerful aromas of red berries, blueberry, leather and smoke. This is a medium bodied wine with ripe blackberry and cranberry notes with sweet tannins and moderate acidity and minerality. The palate is very rich with an elegant balance between fruit, earthiness, spice and oak. This is more “new-world”, than old. This is another great value from Spain that can be found in the Seattle area for about $13. This wine will pair well with any hearty meal, aged cheese or quality chocolate. The 2006 vintage will be in stores shortly.