The August Wine Society- Adventurer’s Club will feature the country of Spain. These wines are imported by a well-renowned Importer – Jorge Ordonez. A Monastrell – JUAN GIL from Jumilla and CELLER CAN BLAU from Montsant a Red blend of Carinena, Syrah and Garnacha.
CELLER CAN BLAU MONTSANT RED EB 09
The D.O. Montsant is a horseshoe-shaped appellation that surrounds the D.O. Priorat on three sides. Celler Can Blau selected the village of Mas Roig as the base of operations and purchased 60 acres of vineyards with an average age of 35 years. The Cariñena is planted on sandy clay soil; Syrah on chalky soils and the Garnacha on slate.
Wine Advocate: Score: 90
The 2009 Can Blau is made up of 40% Carinena, 40% Syrah, and 20% Garnacha aged for 12 months in French oak. Wood smoke, spice box, incense, lavender, black cherry and plum aromas are followed by a mouth-filling, round, dense wine with outstanding grip and length. It over-delivers in a big way. Drink it over the next 6-8 years. Cellers Can Blau is a relatively new Montsant estate founded by Bodegas Juan Gil (of Jumilla) in 2003.
BODEGAS JUAN GIL MONASTRELL RED 10
The origins of the winery date from 1916, when Juan Gil Gimènez built a winery in the heart of Jumilla. His son, Juan Gil Guerrero, dedicated his whole life to the wine business, but it was the third generation who really consolidated the winery. Juan Gil Gonzalez, together with his brother Paco–the founder’s grandsons–forged an image of quality, reliability and efficiency with the present generation trying to maintain and improve as much as possible.
International Wine Cellar:
(100% monastrell): Deep, bright ruby. Aromas of black raspberry, cola, oak spices and black tea. Musky and penetrating, offering spicy red and dark berry flavors that show a suave blend of richness and vivacity. Fine-grained tannins add grip to the long, smoky finish.