Wine Of the Week: Bodegas Juan Gil 2009 Monastrell


Forget about debt ceilings and political wranglings for just a moment, it's time to uncork another wine of the week. I've uncovered a wonderful Spanish beauty sure to delight even the fussiest of wanna-be winos. This bottle comes from beautiful Jumilla area of Spain, called Monastrell (known here in the U.S. as Mouvedre).

The Mouvedre or Monastrelll grape is often dismissed as "just a blending varietal", but in Jumilla it's quite capable of making single-varietal wines that are both rich and balanced. The Bodegas Juan Gil 2009 Monastrell has the typical plum, spice and meaty aromas in the nose, with flavors of currant, coffee, cocoa and just a pinch of leather on the lingering finish.

This well-priced wine (around $13 a bottle) is the perfect accompaniment to your backyard BBQ, and pairs particularly well with steak.

Wine type: Spanish red wine

Price and ABV: $12.95, 15%

Available at: You can find this wine at the centrally located San Diego Wine Company

Pairing notes: Perfect with a New York strip from Siesel's Old Fashioned Meats. By the way, don't forget the blue cheese.

About the Author: Bill Eyer is a wine sales professional and the author of Cuvée Corner Wine Blog, where his one-man mission is to provide wine lovers with current, objective, and entertaining wine and travel content. He has a Wine Essentials Certification from the International Sommelier Guild and even though he appreciates super-premium wines, all of the bottles in his personal wine cellar are under $100.

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