Outstanding full-bodied red: Juan Gil Silver Label 2017

A little step up in price compared to previous Monastrells, but quality is higher, too. In other words a more serious wine and still the best value one can get for the money.

I expected a New World shaped oak monster but this Monastrell is far from that. It nods to Barolo, dare I say, such as the savoury style. Ripe, generous, mouth filling, but unforced and not sweet. Lovely, subtle gamey edge to the carob and dark chocolate, almost red fruited nose. A smooth palate with proper, firm tannins. It has more concentration than sub-10 Euro Monastrells, but what really sets this apart is the finish – it’s so rare that a red wine exhibits increasing aromatic intensity towards the end and has such a rich aftertaste. This isn’t a mid-range wine as the price suggests, but a serious, outstanding one.

Rating: a great wine, 90 points.
Price: around 10,60 €.
Stockists: Hispavinus.
Value: great, buy, buy!
Tasted: February, 2020.
Source: I bought the bottle.

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