2016 Casa Castillo Monastrell

Year: 2016
Appellation: Jumilla
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 91+
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"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.

There are a couple of new reds from Casa Castillo released in 2017, a middle-of-the-range wine that will slowly replace the entry-level Monastrell and a top-of-the-range wine, a Monastrell from old vines bottled as an homage to Nemesio Vicente, founder of the winery, who died in April 2017.

As for the wines, I tasted 2015, a classic Mediterranean year of exceptional quality that resulted in powerful and ripe wines that they counter-balanced by fermenting with more full clusters, and the cooler and more continental 2016, with lighter and more vertical wines in line with what I saw from 2013. There is no Valtosca, the Syrah, in 2016." (WA)

Winery Notes:
100% Monastrell from the valley, fermentation in steel tanks under temperature control with a soft maceration of skins. After the malolactic fermentation the wine is aged in French and American barrels for a short period (from 3 to 6 months) with the purpose of obtaining fresh and fruity wines with the character of the monastrell.