Deep purple/black color. Explosive aromas of ripe currant, red berries, and smoked notes. Rich, powerful, and voluminous on the attack. A huge mouthful of creme-de-cassis concentration. Silken and juicy in the mid-palate with excellent length and persistence. Fine, ripe tannins, at once supple and structurally present. Pair with rice dishes with meat, stewed meat, stewed vegetable, mushroom, poultry, sauces fish, smoked seafood, blue and cured cheese, red meat, roast, or baked meat.
Monastrell. Since 1916, when Juan Gil Jimenez had the winery built, only one clear idea has moved the following generations in charge of the same: Doing a good job and being prideful of the Juan Gil name and its commercial trademark. Bodegas Juan Gil selected the monastrell grapes for this wine from 40-year old parcels in their estate vineyards. Here shallow, chalky soils on a bed of limestone and rock, combined with an arid climate, produce the low yields (1.8 ton per acre) required for wine of this complexity. After harvesting, the deep purple grapes are whole-cluster macerated sur lie for 25 days, and then pressed and aged for 12 months in French oak barrels. The sum of the climate, soil, and vinification is a wine with rich color, abundant ripe-fruit aromas, and a long, spicy, well-balanced finish.