2018 Casa Castillo Pie Franco Monastrell
Mourvedre - 750ML
2018 Casa Castillo Pie Franco Monastrell
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2020
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...   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. - LG  
DC 97
Decanter, January 2021
It’s often the case that a grape variety improves with a blending partner. At Casa Castillo, there is absolutely no need. José María Vicente’s years paying such close attention to his vineyards produces exceptional wines...   It’s often the case that a grape variety improves with a blending partner. At Casa Castillo, there is absolutely no need. José María Vicente’s years paying such close attention to his vineyards produces exceptional wines. He expresses the very best of Monastrell, and no better than with his vines that have so far resisted phylloxera. Fermented in stone lagars, and aged in 500L foudres, the wine is dark, with notes of black olives, wild thyme and black fruits. Organic.  
Category Description
Color & Type Red
Varietal Mourvedre
Country Spain
Region Jumilla
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 15.5%
Closure Cork