Thursday, January 9, 2014

Review: *** $$ Juan Gil Jumilla Red Wine, Spain, 2006

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By way of background, opening thoughts: I liked the 2004 vintage of this wine, now we're trying a longer-aged 2006 vintage.  Robert Parker liked this, offering a 91 rating, but with direction to consume before 2011.  Our first tasting is now in 2013.  

Original tasting and review , September, 2013: This is Juan Gil Jumilla Red Wine, Spain, 2006, finished at 14.5% alcohol.  It is 100% 40-year-old monastrell vines, aka mourvedre in other regions.

In the glass: Rich, even deep red.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows hot bright red fruit, lightly spicy.  From the aroma, seems like this will be big with alcohol, but maybe with tired fruit.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact somewhat as anticipated and consistent with the nose.  Shows deep plums on the palate, fruit that will be a bit happier in the rocking chair than walking in the garden.  The promises of past richness and layers remain, a wealth which we are not about to experience some seven years from vintage date.  If you are carrying this, drink up!  (The 2004 showed nicely at five years of age.)

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, acknowledging its extended cellaring.

Updated review, another bottle sampled just four months later, January, 2014:  Deep ruby color, consistent.  With some aeration, aroma is round and fresh with hints of cocoa.  The palate shows bright red fruit, very fresh, with suggestions of layers of milk chocolate that may come forward with more air time.  An easy three stars now, with a very fresh style.

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