Bodegas Juan Gil Monastrell
Update: December 4, 2014 Wines go in waves. While the Silver Label sat relatively quietly for months with mostly only long term devotees taking it home, the bottle is rolling and rolling rapidly off the shelf again. And well it should. There is absolutely nothing like it. To taste it is to dream.
Both calling this bottle an "outstanding value," Steven Tanzer of International Wine Cellar awarded 90 points and Cellar Tracker gave 89 points to Bodegas Juan Gil Monastrell, Jumilla, Spain. The wine is opaque like black tights with a rosy nose, a bit of cherry and black tea laced with licorice on the palate. Tanzer echos our description calling this wine "sexy." It just IS. No matter what your definition of "is" is, Juan Gil IS.
Tanzer describes this French oak aged wine as brilliant ruby in color with a floral nose accented by dark berries. Rolling across his palate, he says he found blackberry and lavender pastille enhanced by smoky oak, vanilla nuances with a hint of peppery spices. The finish trails off with lingering florality and smooth even tannins. The Metro Wines Tasting Panel generally agrees with our friend, Steven, and his review of this Juan Gil is no exception.
Well structured and balanced, the wine is lively with spicy high notes, and, some say, a touch of violet. But this is the thing with this wine: Bodegas Juan Gil Monastrell has a lingering soft sweetness reminiscent of port. Wait! Come back! It works. It really works. Granted, to go there, to bravely go where no man has gone before by adding the "port like", is a high wire act. You really must do it right. Bodegas Juan Gil did it, not just right, but spectacularly. Winning the Bronze at the International Wine Challenge and Decanter World Wine Awards, this wine lives up to it's accolades and your expectations.