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!


6 Responses

  1. mmm, look at all those good cheeses

    i love Monastrell and they offer loads of value too, my favorite is the Lorca, around $12

  2. Excellent cheese spread! The wine also sounds great. Gotta love that campfire smell!

  3. Sonadora, I think it was $16, so even more of a bargain!

  4. YUM! I can’t get over the cheeses! That’s my kind of dinner. Now all you need is a raclette grill.

  5. The Juan Gil Monastrell is one of my favorites! We’ve bought it again & again.

    Mourvedre is also called Mataro in some parts of California & Australia. Maybe others, but that’s all I know.

  6. The cheeses were fabulous. I’m lucky to work just a few blocks from the CowGirl Creamery so I often pop in at lunch to pick some up!

    Great Jill, $16 is even better!

    I heard that Claire….shortly after I made the mistake of thinking this was a new grape….

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