Bodegas Juan Gil Monastrell 2016, Jumilla, Spain - The 2016 Juan Gil (silver label) is pure Monastrell from old, non-irrigated vines, in chalky, stony soils, aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. The wine offers a harmonious and clean composition, with some dusty tannins and an austere profile. Aromas of blackberry, blueberry, lavender and vanilla are complemented by a smoky mineral overtone, and balanced oak integration. Weighty yet energetic on the palate, with appealingly sweet dark berry flavors, suave floral pastille and spice-cake nuances, this wine is smooth and seamless in style, and finishes with supple tannins and a lingering florality.
Food pairing - Beef, Pasta, Lamb, Game (deer, venison)
Mourvedre - Also called Monastrell and Mataro, Mourvèdre is most famous for the ruby-hued wines of Provence's Bandol region, known for their spicy, gamey, blackberry character, though the grape is grown throughout Provence and the Southern Rhône. Thought to have originated in Spain, it is second only to Grenache in vine acres, with the best examples found in Rioja, Alicante and Penedès.
Spain - With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.