Bodegas Silvano Garcia Vina Honda Monastrell 2007
About the Region
This wine region in Murcia, in southeastern Spain, was decimated by phylloxera, a vine louse that destroys grapevines, in 1989 — roughly a century after the same pest had wiped out thousands of acres of vineyards all over Europe, but ironically spared Jumilla. Fortunately, local winemakers took advantage of this destruction to replant vines in the modern style and upgrade their winemaking. Today, Jumilla produces juicy, fruity, sometimes slightly gamy reds, overwhelmingly from monastrell (mourvèdre). This variety accounts for more than 80 percent of the red grapes planted, but there is also tempranillo (here called cencibel), garnacha (grenache), and cabernet sauvignon and other international varieties. Some white wine, rarely distinguished, is made from airén, macabeo, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, and other cultivars. The wines of Jumilla almost always offer very good value for the money.