Casa Castillo Jumilla Vino de Finca 2016
- Wine Advocate Rating: 91
12 Bottle Mix $19.19 each - Save 20%
The first wine in the range is the 2016 Monastrell, which in reality contains some 8% combination of Garnacha and Syrah, cropped from a more continental, cooler and dry vintage. Like all the wines from the property, it fermented with indigenous yeasts, in this case with grapes from different plots, and matured in used oak barrels for eight to nine months. Juicy, primary, incredibly fresh and with a vertical palate, longer than wider, like a hypothetical blend of 2013 and 2015, cool but dry. This is always a great value, even more so in 2016. 160,000 bottles produced from a single blend that is bottled throughout the year.
Certified organic (CAERM)Widely acknowledged as the leading proponent of Monastrellin Spain, Jos Maria is not content to just double down on this variety. Whilethe ubiquitous Monastrell is at the heart of his endeavors, hes always playedagainst expectations in pursuit of the true meaning of his sandy clay and rockyterroir. In the 1990s it was with Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah which have beencompletely (in the case of the Cab) and partially replaced with Garnacha. Onelook at his soils, in many cases remarkably analogous to Chateauneuf-du-Pape,Garnacha seems the obvious choice but one which few in Jumilla has sought toexplore apart from Jos Maria. With more and more Garnacha coming online fromthe grafting over of his Cabernet and with the planting of young vines, a newexpression of Jumilla began to form at Casa Castillo one that uses older vineMonastrell as its base but enlivened with about 5% Garnacha. Called Vino deFinca, or Estate Wine, this new cuve was first made in 2015 and shows what aremarkable difference that small amount of Garnacha can make. Of course it isnot just the blend that makes Finca so expressive, but its indigenousfermentation, inclusion of whole clusters, and a gentle maceration all in 1200L French oak vats.
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