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Bodegas Juan Gil Monastrell, Jumilla, 2005

April 24, 2008

~US$13, 100% Monastrell (Mourvedre), Jumilla, Spain

Fruit forward, with red cherries, strawberries and black raspberries on the nose and palate. Clear oak influence. While soft and juicy, the palate is supported by enough acidity and tannic stucture to hold itself together without feeling flabby. The typical Mourvedre gaminess is absent – and the interplay of big red and black fruits reminded me of a oversized new-world Pinot Noir more than anything else. Some spice notes of cinnamon and allspice towards the finish.

Overall, not a serious geek-out wine, but a tasty value that satisfied. It showed well the 2nd day, but I wouldn’t keep the 05’s around much past 2010. Great with BBQ.

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