Juan Gil Jumilla Monastrell, 2010

So BC Liquor had a little “Stephen Tanzer loved this wine” type blurb beside this bottle and we decided to give it a try because of that, it’s lovely label, and there is so much good plonk flowing from Espana lately.  Is it good?  Yes.  It’s heavy, heady, alcoholic and mind numbingly defiantly red wine.  But there was also something generic about it, something that left it less a unique wine and more a run of the mill wine.


I realize that mourvedre/monastrell is usually a tad alcoholic and that wasn’t my main gripe; it was that eight out of ten high point wines seem to all taste the same, CA, Spain, Oz, whatever.


If you are a point-hunter, then this is good value I guess.  All the point-critics love it.  But I defy the wine establishment to blind taste this, e.g.,  against any number of heavy, alcoholic California Zinfandels with similar notes of cherry, earthy smoke and vanilla.  It’s like the international ticket to wine review fame these reds.


Price: $24.99 at BC Liquor (which claims online to have the 08 and 09 in stock and doesn’t).


Market Liquidity: Not separate from the pack.

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