2017 Bodegas Hijos de Juan Gil Juan Gil (Silver Label)

Year: 2017
Appellation: Jumilla
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 92
James Suckling: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
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"The 2017 Juan Gil (silver label) was produce with Monastrell from old, dry-farmed vines on stony limestone soils. It fermented in open-top stainless steel tanks and aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. This is a textbook Mediterranean vintage with a varietal profile mixing aromatic herbs, berries and spices, with a smoky touch. It has notes of esparto grass and other aromatic herbs and ripe berries. It has fine-grained chalky tannins and a dry finish.

The Gil Vera family have championed the style of powerful Monastrell in Jumilla since 2002, even if their roots in wine can be traced back three generations to 1916. They now own around 750 hectares of vineyards, mostly old-vine and dry-farmed Monastrell but also some Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Tempranillo and Moscatel. Most of the vineyards are worked organically, as they are certifying more and more of their vineyards and more and more of their wines. The environmental approach has also reached the winery, where they use 100% solar energy and all residuals are recycled; the whole operation is truly sustainable. They produce 2.7 million bottles per year, so it's not a small winery where these things are more or less easy to achieve." (WA)
"A full-bodied red with plum, dark-berry and cherry aromas and flavors. Full body, yet shows form and structure. Drink now." (JS)

Winery Notes:
Juan Gil Silver Label is made with 100% Monastrell (Mourvedre) grapes from vines that are 40 years old, planted in poor chalky and rocky limestone soils, that produce low yields of about 1 ton per acre. Bunches are hand-picked and then macerated and fermented in stainless steel tanks before being transferred to French oak barrels for 12 months aging. The wine shows rich, bold aromas and flavors of dark fruits and spices, complemented by toasty oak and balanced acidity.

Dry-farmed, no pesticides or herbicides, hand-harvested, Vegan.