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  • 2010 Bodegas Juan Gil Jumilla 18 Meses

    A truly explosive contemporary Jumilla. Practically black-blue in colour, like a raw ribeye steak. Super-sexy aromas of sweet, ripe figs and late summer blackberries, with hints of vanilla and cassia bark. On the palate, mounds of milk chocolate, wrapped around a delicious core of intense, brambly forest fruit. This is an astounding wine and I can't wait to see it age - it has sufficient acidity and tannin to see it last well over 20 years. Fabulous.

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  • 2005 Bodegas Luzon Jumilla Altos de Luzón

    Here I am again tasting one of my favourite wines, and the vintage continues mightily to impress. Altos is a perennial favourite for me, especially the magical 2005, which just keeps on getting better. Still very dark, almost blue. Big nose of roasted coffee beans, cocoa and prunes. Voluptuous, big, bold and expressive. This is assertive but not excessive, expansive but not explosive, firm but balanced. Lovely finish of cream and oven-fresh buns, with a slightly earthy, rustic sensation overall. Just great. I'm now extending the drinking window to 15 years rather than the original ten.

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  • 2001 Casa Castillo (Julia Roche E Hijos) Jumilla Las Gravas

    Ageing magnificently. Practically no visible signs of its 12 years. Beautiful bouquet of crushed violets, blackberry jam and chocolate truffles. Seductively velvety tannins, wonderfully jammy and fruity mid-palate, and a gently spicy finish. Additional notes of vanilla and fresh pastry. Firm, confident acidity. A very very good wine - testament to Jumilla's position in the world as a top region for Monastrell (Mourvèdre) if not *the* top - better than your average Bandol. Two days later, it's still showing its greatness: depth, purity and power.

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