Nose: blueberry and raspberry jam, seasoned cedar wood, vanilla bean, hint of eucalyptus, black pepper. Very fruit forward nose; attractive but not a big nose at all. Taste: dry, medium body, very fruit-driven. Blackberry all day, plus some black currant, ripe juicy black plum, fig. On the mid palate a nice hint of pine needle and pine gum, willow bark, and vanilla pull through. Nice dry tannins round out the finish - black tea. Excellent, a crowd pleaser and definitely aged well. has the blackberry profile I like. 91.
Enjoyed this bottle very much... Beautiful dark berries with a lengthy finish and excellent balance. The tannins have smoothed out quite nicely and this vintage is in the prime of the drinking window. Could go another 3-5 years, but I would enjoy it now. Excellent QPV
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(Bodegas Juan Gil 12 Meses Silver Label (Jumilla)) From 40-year old vines, whole-cluster maceration, 12 months in French oak, alcohol 15%. A fairly restrained colour here. The nose lacks good freshness of fruit, with a rather gamey character alongside sweet, smoky, somewhat confected berry style. Seems much better on the palate though, showing here a fresher style of fruit, with a little grip from the background tannins. Unusually, elements of smoky bacon alongside it all. Nice, appealing textural quality to it though. Perhaps if those aromas settle down (this was only bottled 1-2 months ago) it would be a worthwhile buy.
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