D.O. Jumilla

During the outbreak of the phylloxera plague in the 19th century, Jumilla surprisingly escaped contamination and so entered a period of economic expansion as wine merchants from France came in great numbers to buy wine. For this reason the vines were never re-grafted onto resistant rootstock from the New World, as was the case in the rest of Europe. It is a transition zone, characterized by wide valleys and high plateaus, between the Mediterranean coastal area and the high central plateau of Castile-La Mancha; the altitude of the vineyards varies between 1,300 and 2,600 feet. The area is arid; rainfall is low (around 10 inches) and irregular, though it mostly falls during spring and autumn, often in the form of violent storms, which can sometimes cause damage to the vines. The average annual temperature is 60°F though a maximum of 105°F can be reached in summer and minimums below 32°F in winter. There is a risk of frost up to the month of March, exceptionally until April. The vines receive over 3,000 hours of sunlight per year. The soils are permeable and have good moisture retaining properties, which allow the vines to survive during periods of prolonged drought. They are quite sandy, allowing good aeration, have a high pH value and are low in salinity.

Daniel Guerrero Cruz, a young man from southeastern Spain, loves nothing better than working with the vines on his property. Monastrell is a varietal that flourishes in this high, arid region, drier than most deserts..
Type of Wine: Red Wine
Appellation of Origin: DO Jumilla
Winery: Bodegas San Isidro, Jumilla
Varietal: 100% Monastrell. Vines 25 years old.
Terrain: Jumilla in the southeast corner of Spain, is arid very hot, and characterized by the poor quality of the soil. The vines are planted far apart, to allow the roots to search for as much moisture as posible. Yields are extreemely low; average rainfall is well below 10 inches per year, less than in most deserts!
Harvest: Hand picked and selected twice: initially in the vineyard, with a second selection on receipt at the winery.
Ageing: 3 months of American oak ageing.
Bottling: Bottled on the property.
Serving Temperature: Between 61º and 65º F
Alcohol Content: 14%
Released to Market: Spring 2013
About the producer
José Ayala Salazar began working in his father’s vineyard at the age of six. For the men in his family, growing the finest Tempranillo has been a tradition for as long as anyone can remember.
Tasting notes
Color: Deep dark burgundy.
Nose: Deep mature jam, rich and ripe dark fruit, all at once.
Palate: This is a full-bodied, fruity wine perfect for pairing with any grilled meats from your barbecue. Try it with hamburgers, chicken, lamb chops, pork ribs or steak; you will be surprised how versatile it is!.

 

Format: 750ml (case of 12 bottles)
SRP: $9.99
Available: March 2014
José Floreal Jimenez Joullie, was born at the outset of the Spanish civil war. Unable to attend school because of the conflict, Floreal supported his family by taking care of the vineyard where–70 years later–he still goes to work every day. Monastrell, a thick-skinned varietal, that flourishes in this region, is well adapted to the harsh, desert-like conditions of southeastern Spain.
Type of Wine: Red Wine
Appellation of Origin: DO Jumilla
Winery: Bodegas San Isidro, Jumilla
Varietal: 100% Monastrell. Vines 80-100 years old.
Terrain: Jumilla in the southeast corner of Spain, is arid very hot, and characterized by the poor quality of the soil. The vines are planted far apart, to allow the roots to search for as much moisture as posible. Yields are extreemely low; average rainfall is well below 10 inches per year, less than in most deserts!
Harvest: Hand picked in 14kg baskets, and selected twice: initially in the vineyard, with a second selection on receipt at the winery.
Ageing: 9 months in French and American oak.
Bottling: Bottled on the property.
Serving Temperature: Between 61º and 65º F
Alcohol Content: 14%
Released to Market: Spring 2013
About the producer
José Floreal Jimenez Joullie, was born at the outset of the Spanish civil war. Unable to attend school because of the conflict, Floreal supported his family by taking care of the vineyard where–70 years later–he still goes to work every day. Monastrell, a thick-skinned varietal, that flourishes in this region, is well adapted to the harsh, desert-like conditions of southeastern Spain.
Tasting notes
Color: Deep dark burgundy, with lively highlights.
Nose: Deep mature jams, rich and ripe dark fruit. Light aromas of new oak, spicy tones and a touch of toast.
Palate: Match this red wine with big, bold flavorful meals: steak, lamb, and all types of wild game. Perfect for anything prepared on the barbecue!

 

Format: 750ml (case of 12 bottles)
SRP: $9.99
Available: March 2014
Celebrated as the “essence of Mediterranean summer”, this Sangria hails from the southeastern region of Jumilla. Here the Monastrell grape varietal dominates, producing a moderately sweet wine with tremendous fruit flavors.
Type of Wine: Sangria
Appellation of Origin: D.O. Jumilla
Winery: Bodegas San Isidro, Jumilla
Varietal: 100% Monastrell. Vines are between 30-50 years old.
Terrain: Jumilla in the southeast corner of Spain, is arid very hot, and characterized by the poor quality of the soil. The vines are planted far apart, to allow the roots to search for as much moisture as posible. Yields are extremely low; average rainfall is well below 10 inches per year, less than in many deserts!
Harvest: Hand picked and selected twice: initially in the vineyard, with a second selection on receipt at the winery.
Ageing: Stainless steel.
Bottling: Bottled on the property.
Serving Temperature: It should be kept refrigerated, and be served between 41º and 55º F.
Alcohol Content: 9%
Released to Market: Spring 2014
About this wine
Celebrated as the “essence of Mediterranean summer”, this Sangria hails from the southeastern region of Jumilla. Here the Monastrell grape varietal dominates, producing a moderately sweet wine with tremendous fruit flavors.
Tasting notes
Color: Deep burgundy.
Nose: Plenty of fruit, aromatic and sweet.
Palate: An explosion of fruit! Just add a couple of slices of orange and lemon, serve on ice with a dash of soda or mineral water. Summer is served! It will last for many days after opening.

 

Format: 3 liter Bag-in-Box (case of 6)
SRP: $16.99
Available: April 2014