CASA CASTILLO MONASTRELL BLEND 18
60% Monastrell, 20% Garnacha and 20% Syrah
Bodegas Casa Castillo is an unexpected discovery and a wonderful one. It is located on the plateau of the underrated wine region, Jumilla, with a 174-hectare vineyard which enjoys a high altitude and the cooling influence of the Mediterranean. Any lovers of Bandol wines should take note of Casa Castillo; the grape varieties they use are led by Monastrell (Mourvèdre). These are old bush vines that yield very small amounts of highly concentrated juice. A modern approach to winemaking is taken, with cold macerations to retain freshness and new French oak for high quality tannins and structure. The wines are generally bottled unfiltered to allow them to be as expressive as possible and they are a bargain for the quality produced.
What The Critics Say
91+/100 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Luis Gutierrez
"The 2018 Casa Castillo is the old Monastrell wine that has been renamed with the name of the property. It's now a blend of 60% Monastrell, 20% Garnacha and 20% Syrah, partly (up to 35% of them) from vines on the valley floor, where there's a higher content in silt. The destemmed grapes fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts, and the wine matured in 5,000-liter oak foudres and 500-liter oak barrels for 12 months. This is the entry-level wine, now with the three varieties and diversity of plots and soils, and it shows the character of the year in the property, more continental than Mediterranean. There is more Garnacha and an unusually high percentage of Syrah, more or less the proportion of each variety in the estate, which seems to mark the wine. I also tasted the pure Syrah (Valtosca), and it had an herbal touch that was also coming through in this blend. It has a little less alcohol than the 2017 and is juicy, medium to full-bodied and with very chalky tannins. It's powerful and balanced, and it transcends the price level and overdelivers as an entry-level wine. 130,000 bottles produced. There is one master blend that is bottled throughout the year. What I tasted had been bottled in February 2020, the first lot, L-1." Drink 2020 - 2023
90/100 Vinous, Josh Raynolds (2015 vintage)
"Deep, bright rimmed violet color. Powerful dark berry, licorice and woodsmoke qualities on the nose, along with a hint of peppery spices that build with air. Chewy and focused on the palate, spice-tinged black/blue fruit flavors and a subtle touch of gaminess. Rich yet energetic in style, delivering impressive finishing thrust and dusty tannins that frame lingering dark fruit."