2014 Bodegas Juan Gil Monastrell Jumilla
I’ve tasted three or four past vintages of this wine, and this one might be my favorite. At only $12.99 at Costco, which is a few bucks less than I’ve seen anywhere else, this is an insanely good buy for people who like their reds big and rich, but nicely balanced.
Since I’ve been working on a book about Spanish wines for the last year, I’ve tasted quite a few awesome bargain buys, but I quite frankly can’t believe you can buy a wine like this for only $12.99. It’s just that good. At least, that’s how it’s hitting me tonight with a little pepperoni pizza and a nice unexpectedly semi-cool Atlanta evening.
This wine really has a bit of everything, sprinkled together in an easy going package that I bet will please most red wine fans, even during these warmer months. There’s an herbal element throughout, carrying through from the aromatic nose. Same with the spice, hitting you ont he nose right away and popping up mid palate and through the finish.
It’s super dark on the pour and absolutely full bodied. Softer mouthfeel though, especially after a little air, that would normally lead me to believe it might be a few years more mature than a ’14. As such, the wine is in a perfect drinking window right now.
Not much else to say here. An easy addition to our recommended wine list. Super curious if readers have tasted this wine (and this particular vintage of it), and then have any others from Costco in the same price range you recommend. Definitely let us know in the comments below.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 91 points
Costco item number: 967359
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA