Gil Family Estates Clio 2017

$115.00 inc. GST

94/100 – Guia Peñin
93/100 – Robert Parker

“The 2017 Clio was produced with 70% Monastrell and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and despite the warm and dry year, it has a little less alcohol than the 2016. It fermented in stainless steel with neutral yeasts and matured French and American oak barrels, where it also underwent malolactic and 23 months of élevage. Even this shows nice integration of the oak; Miguel Gil told me the wine from 2017 was so powerful and concentrated that it absorbed the oak like never before. And it’s true that both wines from 2017 feel a lot less oaky and more balanced, and they have all the ingredients for a long time in bottle. There are some ashy and smoky undertones and a full-bodied palate with fine tannins a chalky texture and some sweet spices, still young and with a long life ahead of it in bottle. 50,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in September 2019. Drink 2021-2027.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Tasting Note: 70% Monastrell, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 24 months in French and American oak. This wine exhibits a glass-coating opaque purple color. It has an expressive nose of pain grille, briar, minerality and blueberry and blackberry overtones. This plush, opulent wine has great density, savory flavors and a very lengthy finish that gets better with age. The vineyards of Bodegas El Nido include 12Ha (29.7 acres) of Cabernet Sauvignon and 32Ha (79 acres) of very old Monastrell, with a very low yield. The grapes are harvested in small baskets to prevent bruising, and only the best bunches are selected.

Alcohol: 15.5%

Variety: 70% Monastrell (Mourvèdre), 30% Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Jumilla, Spain

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