Curses, Foiled Again!

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!