2018 Casa Castillo Pie Franco (Jumilla)Mourvedre / Mataro / Monastrell / Garrut from Spain
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"Casa Castillo is the name of a property in the outskirts of Jumilla, a classical Mediterranean estate with different cultivars (almonds, olives, pine trees...) and of course 1...
- 98 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
98 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I think the pure Monastrell from an ungrafted vineyard has to be among the best in its kind in the world, and the 2018 Pie Franco didn't disappoint me. It fermented with 25% to 30% full clusters (less full clusters were used in this continental and cooler vintage) and indigenous yeasts in underground pools with a moderate maceration at a maximum temperature of 32 degrees Celsius. It matured in 500-liter oak barrels for 16 months. The challenge here is to control the power and natural concentration of the old, south-facing vines, and a year like 2018, even if it presented some challenges and made them work harder in the vineyards, provides good conditions to do so. The wine is incredibly shy, closed and austere. It takes forever to open up in the glass, and even after one hour, the wine is anything except explosive. But the palate has the harmony, depth and complexity of a great wine, with superb balance, very fine tannins with a chalky/mineral texture and great length and persistence. Give it some more time in bottle, not because the wine is not approachable, but because it should open up and develop a little more complexity and expression. Fine, elegant and powerful; I think these are the three words that define this wine that always keeps its Mediterranean character even in cooler years, with classical notes of underbrush and olives—in this case, in a very subtle way. It feels like an updated version of the 2013, a direct, Mediterranean Monastrell without makeup. 7,300 bottles were filled in April 2020.
"Casa Castillo is the name of a property in the outskirts of Jumilla, a classical Mediterranean estate with different cultivars (almonds, olives, pine trees...) and of course 174 hectares of low-density vines (167 in production) that could very well merit the estate its own appellation of origin. Production averages 315,000 to 330,000 bottles of very high quality wines that I consider the best in the region and among the best in Mediterranean Spain, producing world-class Monastrell, the main variety they grow. All their vineyards have been certified organic since 2019, and they are slowly moving their new plantings toward new plots with higher limestone content and leaving the valley floor, where there's more sand and silt." - Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate
98 - Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Varietal(s)||Mourvedre / Mataro / Monastrell / Garrut|
|Taste||blackberry , violet , oak , smoke , toast and vanilla|
|Nose||thyme , clove , cinnamon , black pepper and mint|