I thought I had a new grape here. Major disappointment on my part to learn that Monastrell is simply Spanish for Mouvedre, a grape I love and have already tasted many times. So I guess I’ll just have to keep searching for my Century Club application…these last few grapes just aren’t coming quickly! Anyway, I chose the 2006 Juan Gil Monastrell to drink with the cheese dinner we had the other night . The wine had a real cork closure, clocked in at 14.5% alcohol by volume, and cost me (I think) $18 from Domaine547.
On the nose I found chocolate, wood, licorice, spice, smoky campfire, herbs, and cranberry. The nose had this amazing and intriguing campfire smell. In the mouth I got flavors of dark fruit, blueberries, cranberries, licorice, and smoke. This wine was ready to drink with smooth fruit, good acidity, and nice structure. Definitely a bargain at the price point!