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Juan Gil 18 Meses Blue Label 2017 View full size

Juan Gil 18 Meses Blue Label 2017

JUAN GIL FAMILY ESTATES ~ 60% Monastrell, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah ~ 15.5% Alc. ~ 0.75 Ltr. ~

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Bodegas Juan Gil | Gil Family Estates
Bartolomé Aballán
DO Jumilla
Spain

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"The 2016 Juan Gil (blue label) is the wine formerly known as 18 Months, which is the amount of time it matured in barrel, and it has been identified for the past few years by the color of its label. It's a blend of 60% Monastrell, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah, and the Monastrell is from older vines than the other varieties. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in new barrels for 18 months. This is the one wine from the portfolio where they keep 100% oak and use French grapes, which is not the Juan Gil style—this has more of an international profile. This is very spicy and smoky, with plenty of toasty and roasted aromas. The palate reveals abundant tannins and oak-related flavors, a faint bitterness and a dry finish. This is for those who enjoy this profile of wine, not really my style. But within that profile, it's quite good. 30,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2018."

... Points | Luis Gutiérrez | Robert Parker, Wine Advocate | Issue #242 | 30 April 2019

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I tasted a wide collection of ripe, modern, well-oaked wines from Juan Gil. The wines are a commercial success. 

I met with Miguel Gil Vera from the Juan Gil winery in Jumilla. They keep producing good quality to price ratio reds from Jumilla and he confirmed that they are lowering the amount of oak in their wines, something that I could see in most of the bottles he showed me.

The Gil family from Jumilla have built a brand new winery that has 100% renewable energy, and all the waste is reused (water goes to humus, etc.). All of their vineyards are organically farmed even though they don't have a full certification in order to avoid bureaucracy. 2017 was a Mediterranean year in the style of 2015, and 2018 was cooler, more in the style of 2016, both very challenging harvests.

Luis Gutiérrez | Wine Advocate | April 2019

  • Drink: 2020 - 2025
  • Production: ca. 30.000 bottles
  • Treatment: 18 months in 100% new oak barrels
  • Remarks: This is considered a baby CLIO for only half of the price...