Bodegas Hijos de Juan Gil Juan Gil 2010
Bodegas Juan Gil was founded in 1916 by Juan Gil Gimenez. Over five generations, the winery has been consolidated and improved, applying technological advancements to the traditional knowledge passed down through the years. Jumilla, along the southern Mediterranean, is the kingdom of Monastrell; the vines are between 40 and 100 years old with very low yields (approximately. 2,500 kg/ha) planted in chalky, stony, poor soils. The vineyards, which are located at an altitude of 2,000 feet, are all dry farmed without the use of pesticides or herbicides and are harvested by hand.
Jumilla is a region with an extreme climate of hot, dry summers followed by long cold winters. The diurnal temperature shift is great and little to no rain falls during the growing season. These harsh conditions lead to wines with great structure and intense color and aromas.
Famous for the robust and earthy, black-fruit dominated, Monastrell (known as Mourvedre in France), Jumilla is an arid and hot region in southeastern Spain. Its vine yields tend to be torturously low but this can create wines of exceptional intensity and flavor. Quality combined with accessible price points give the region great recognition on international markets far and wide.
The reds from Jumilla are heady and spicy, packed with fruit and show aromas of dried licorice and herbs. If you like Syrah, Grenache or Pinot noir, a red wine from Jumilla would be a perfect next choice!
Full of ripe fruit, and robust, earthy goodness, Mourvèdre is actually of Spanish provenance, where it still goes by the name Monastrell or Mataro. It is better associated however, with the Red Blends of the Rhône, namely Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Mourvèdre shines on its own in Bandol and is popular both as a single varietal wine in blends in the New World regions of Australia, California and Washington. Somm Secret—While Mourvèdre has been in California for many years, it didn’t gain momentum until the 1980s when a group of California winemakers inspired by the wines of the Rhône Valley finally began to renew a focus on it.