Sunday, April 20, 2014

Review: *** $$ Juan Gil Red Wine, Jumilla, Spain, 2005

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By way of background, opening thoughts: I've tried 2004 and 2006 vintages of Juan Gil red wine from Jumilla, Spain.  Today, I will bracket the two vintages, sampling a 2005 at a full nine years from vintage date.

Original tasting and review, April, 2014: This is Juan Gil Red Wine, Jumilla, Spain, 2005, finished at 14.5% alcohol and made of 100% monastrell (mourvedre) grapes.

In the glass: Deep, brick, sandy mahogany, opaque within a half inch of the edge.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows fresh, grainy, fleshy black fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be rich and dark.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact fleshy with rich, slightly-oxidized rich fruits, making me wish the bottle had been opened at half its age.  Still good acids and liveliness, with a clean finish.

In summary: Overall, at nine years rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, but likely could have garnered a slightly higher score at an earlier age.

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