2019 Bodegas Juan Gil 12 Meses Silver Label Monastrell, Jumilla, Spain (3L/DOUBLE MAGNUM)
Monastrell vineyards aged on average 52 years, planted in chalky, stony, poor soils at 2,300 feet above sea level. The vineyards are dry-farmed and-harvested and then an optical sorting machine is used to select the best berries. Maceration and fermentation in stainless steel tanks before being transferred to French oak barrels for 12 months aging. Ripe dark berries and cherries, floral notes and a touch of smoke. Rich with silky tannins on the mid-palate and a long, spicy finish with lingering juicy fruit.
Produced with 100% Certified Organic Monastrell (Mourvèdre). The Gil Family Flagship wine, as of the 2018 vintage is Certified Organic.
The 2019 Juan Gil (silver label) was produced with Monastrell grapes from their own old, non-irrigated vines fermented in stainless steel and matured in French oak barrels for around 12 months. It has 15% alcohol and a pH of 3.67, but somehow the wine does not come through as overripe; they eliminate all the raisins with their new optical sorting machine and that makes very clean wines and has increased the precision. They also reduced the toast of their barrels and that increases the integration of the oak with the fruit. Varietal, juicy, soft and very drinkable.
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 93 pts.
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