I love the wines of Juan Gil, the great Calatayud producer of such wines as the 2011 Honora Vera.
Honora Vera is all about fruit, as it exudes an aroma of sweet, almost whipped, cherry fruit, baked fruit cake, some balsamic notes and spicy plums. That’s pretty impressive after spending only two months in wood. It has a lively texture, shows none of the 14-plus percent of alcohol in the mouth and is all about pleasure. Though it is hot these days, the fall will arrive and this wine will sing with heartier foods.
Many of Juan Gil’s wines are made by Chris Ringland, the famous Aussie wine guy, but this is made by Gil’s Spanish winemaker, who gets a great deal of flavor from these old-vine grenache grapes.
I think the wine will go another three years but is made to drink and enjoy. It has a great richness, leans toward seduction with the fruitful nuances showing up, and is ready for almost any dinner where red wine works. It is sold by Cutting Edge if your shop doesn’t have it.
Roger Gentile is the owner of Gentile’s, the Wine Sellers – www.gentiles.com – and the author of two books on wine.