Bodegas Juan Gil, the Spanish estate behind cult collectibles “Clio” and “El Nido”, also produce a range of terrific wines offering the house’s signature richness and complexity at everyday drinking prices. Composed of 100% Monastrell (a.k.a. Mourvedre) from very old, dry-farmed vines planted to the region’s famously chalk and limestone soils, the “Silver Label” red is no exception. This drinks like a much more expensive wine, with explosive aromas of currant, cassis and boysenberry accented by smoky spice. Almost opaque purple in color, it was aged in French oak for 12 months, lending extra depth and complexity to the grape’s characteristic ripe, dark fruit. The palate is smooth as silk, with a finish lingering of vanilla and toast.