Bodegas Juan Gil
2011 18 Meses Jumilla Red Wine
This is a wine that one could easily spend an entire afternoon with, getting to know its every delightful corner. Perhaps it is the 60% Monastrell fruit that inspires this sort of inquiry.
Monastrell, which is the Spanish name for ** Mourvèdre, is a red grape which grows primarily in the Rhône and Provence regions of France and the Valencia and Jumilla denominación de origens of Spain. This **Bodegas Juan Gil 2011 18 Meses Jumilla is a delectable blend of 60% Monastrell, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10%Syrah. The wine is rich, complex and fantastically delicious.
The Bodegas Juan Gil winery dates back to 1916, when the great grandfather of today’s generation of the Giminez family first grew Monastrell in the heart of Jumilla, Spain. The dry climate and high elevation of the family’s vineyards provide the perfect conditions for growing Monastrell. Situated at 2100 feet of elevation, the conditions in the winery are harsh, with limited rainfall. These conditions restrict the overall yield of the vineyard while imparting remarkable character and complexity to the wine. Soil and climate also play their important role here.
This limited-availability and small production wine is offered to you with our boldest recommendation. Enjoy this wine in good cheer - with a variety of Spanish tapas or a hearty pasta dish!
Deepest, darkest, nearly opaque crimson at its heart, with just a hint of a lighter ruby edge.
Wonderful, heady, and right in your face upon first pour, with stewed black cherries and blackberries, slight berry bramble, sweet cedarwood shavings, espresso bean, black peppercorn, lavender, and a touch of minerality.
A beautiful balance of sweet fruit and earth, with sweet plum, blackcurrant, and boysenberry mingling with sweet tobacco leaf, limestone minerality, cocoa powder, sage, rosemary, clove, and a hint of herbal black tea.
A powerful and robust finish, with a fantastic combo of structure and sweetness that is sure to please. Throughout the finish, the minerality lingers, finally leaving you with a touch of almost burned caramel on the end of the palate.
Pork shoulder, braised until tender in apple cider, served with plenty of roasted root vegetables.
What the Winery Says
Made mostly with very old Monastrell vineyards grapes from old vines grown at an altitude of 700 meters above sea level with very low yields as with the vines of Cabernet-Sauvingon & Syrah to obtain a very concentrated and complex wine and very elegant at the same time after spending 18 months into a careful selection of best French and American oak.
Purple/black in colour, it proffers a nose of pain grille, graphite, earth notes, spice box, black fruits, and a hint of balsamic. It opens in the grlass to reveal excellent density, savory flavors, plenty of spice, and a lengthy, pure finis. It will evolve well for 2-3 years and drink well for many years
90 Point Review - Wine Advocate A blend of 60% Monastrell, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah, the 2010 18 Meses is raised for 18 months in new French and American oak. For a wine that delivers 15.5% alcohol, the bouquet is tamed and controlled with fresh blackberry, date and iodine notes that waft gently from the glass alongside the nicely integrated oak. The palate is full-bodied with boysenberry and blackberry on the entry. It is succulent but very well balanced with a crisp seam of acidity that lends it a surprising lightness of touch on the finish. This is a beautifully crafted, flavor-packed Jumilla wine, although I would revel in its youth rather than let it age. Drink now-2016.
- Juan Gil Gonzalez
- 90 Points - Wine Advocate
- D.O. Jumilla, Spain
- Fruit Variety
- 60%Monastrell, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10%Syrah.
- 18 months in French and American oak
About the Winery
The origins of this winery date from 1916, when Juan Gil Giminez, great grandfather of the present generations, started getting involved in the world of wines, building a winery in the heart of Jumilla.
His son, Juan Gil Guerrero, dedication his life to the wine business. But it was the third generation who really consolidated the winery. Juan Gil Gonzalez, together with his brother Paco - the founder’s grandsons - forged an image of quality, reliability, and efficiency, which the present generation maintains and improves.
In remembrance of these men, and as an homage of gratitude and respect, the emblematic trademark of the winery is called Juan Gil.