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2006 Juan Gil, Jumilla Red Wine

2006 Juan Gil, Jumilla Red Wine, $16

Above average in weight with firm tannins that don’t overpower the wine. Very complex and complementary aromas of grilled plums, Bing cherries and game surrounded by a backbone of fresh herbs and a hint of blackberry. Bright fruit comes alive on the palate exacerbating the blackberry and plum notes, followed by a lasting finish of fruit and lingering barrel spice. 14.5% alcohol, 91 points. Read More

A New Leader Emerges in the Value Wine Market

2006 Juan Gil, Jumilla Red Wine

2006 Juan Gil, Jumilla Red Wine (photo by Karla Stuart)

A new leader in affordable high-quality wine is emerging from a familiar value-oriented country, but from an excitingly unfamiliar region.

Over the last decade, Spain has been known as a premier source of high-grade, low-cost wine. Jumilla, located in Spain’s extreme southeast, is emerging as the country’s newest region to produce wines that far exceed the prices they fetch, continuing the trend of Spain being the unequaled leader in this market.

Beginning late in the 20th century, Spanish regions such as Priorat and Rioja, underĀ the direction of Spanish authorities, undertook Herculean efforts to modernize vineyards and wineries, allowing these areas to produce wines that now confidently stand alongside other renowned regions such as Bordeaux and the Napa Valley. But, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. As these wines exploded in popularity, prices followed. Read More