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2012 Bodegas Juan Gil Monastrell Albacea Jumilla

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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2013

(made from 45-year-old vines and aged for four months in a combination of French and American oak):  Bright ruby.  Spicy aromas of cherry and rhubarb, with a sexy floral quality and a hint of black pepper.  Taut and lively on entry, then deeper and broader in the mid-palate, offering juicy dark fruit flavors and a touch of anise.  The energetic finish shows very good clarity and smooth, floral-driven persistence.

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