Great Red Wine For A Great Price
Juan Gil Monastrell
Wednesday, May 12th 2010
As per red wine there are a ton of great buys and exceptional values from all over the world. Spanish wines in particular offer a wide variety of flavors and style unique and true to "Old World" wines without breaking the bank. When looking for an approachable red with a full body and an easy palate, Monastrell is your grape. Mainly coming from the Jumilla region and when un-oaked, there are bright expressive fruits with lively acidity and an elegant finish to the wine. When oaked, the varietal marries beautifully with vanilla and spice imparted from the wood to create a flavor not overran by oak tones far too common with $10-$15 domestic reds.
Juan Gil Monastrell is a great example of this particular grape and it's compatibility with oak aging while retaining bright, lush fruits making it an extremely enjoyable and pair-able wine. A beautiful, bright magenta pour leads into notes of black cherry, pear, and fig on the nose. After resting for 12 months in French Oak, the wine develops solid vanillin notes and crisp tannins without overbearing the fresh strawberry/raspberry fruits that linger long onto the next sip. Perfect on it's own but also great for pairing with sharp cheeses/light entrees, all encompassed in a $14.99 bottle, this red wine from Jumilla is one you'll easily fall in love with. So the next time you're in, mention this blog and get a bottle of Juan Gil Monastrell for only $11.99 and see for yourself!
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