Formerly known as Juan Gil 18 Meses, Juan Gil Etiqueta Azul (Blue Label) is produced in the Jumilla DO.
All of the grapes come from estate-owned vineyards planted in different types of soils.
Separately harvested and vinified depending on its plot of origin, the grapes completed malolactic fermentation in new French and American oak barrels.
Then this crianza red wine from Jumilla was aged for 18 months.
Produced by Juan Gil, Juan Gil Etiqueta Azul 2016 will improve in the bottle for 7-9 years.
Be sure to decant it 1 hour before drinking, as aeration really helps the wine to unfurl.
The red wine Juan Gil Etiqueta Azul has an intense, high cherry-coloured robe with a garnet rim.
This bold old-vines Monastrell from Jumilla displays complex notes of toast and spices that slowly evolve into notes of black and red fruit, some creamy nuances, hints of coffee, tobacco and Havanna cigars, and some balsamic and Mediterranean overtones.
Savoury and deep, this Crianza red wine by Juan Gil has a palate-coating texture and a smooth body. Well-structured and fresh, with an excellent acidity that enlivens the wine. Garrigue, dry earth, wild berries, cocoa, blue flowers and some balsamic and spicy nuances. Ripe tannins and long, complex finish.
|Our personal opinion||
Suggestive, rich and age-worthy Juan Gil Etiqueta Azul 2016 is the perfect companion of hearty dishes.
Juan Gil Etiqueta Azul 2015:
Enterwine 95. Peñín 94. Parker 92.
Juan GIl Etiqueta Azul 2014:
Peñín 93. Guía de Vinos ABC 92. Enterwine 95.
Juan Gil 18 Meses 2013:
Parker 90. Peñín 93. Josh Reynolds (Vinous) 92/95. Wine Spectator Magazine 92.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||One hour before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French and American oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||18|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||Monastrell 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 30%, Syrah 10%.|
|Pairings||Birds, Bull meat, Civet, Cod, Cooked foods, Game animals, Grilled red meats, Red meat with gravy, Rice with meat, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb, Roasted lamb ribs, Roasted red meats, Sheep´s cheese, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Stews, Stuffed Chicken, Vegetables, Vegetables, Vegitables sauces|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Tasty with barrel notes, Very intense and inky|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Because you deserve it, Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, To bring to an engagement|
Less and less oaky over the last years. Big body, but ripped fat-free. Quite a wine, you know.
Big wine, deep and concentrated. It is already very good, but in my view it still needs a couple of years to get rid of the baby fat completely. Top winery.