2018 Casa Castillo Vino de Finca

Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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WA 93
WA 93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2020

The 2018 Vino de Finca is a blend of Monastrell with 25% Garnacha from a cooler, more continental vintage. The Monastrell is from 20- to 30-year-old vines, and the 8-year-old Garnacha is from limestone-rich soils. It...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Spain
Region Jumilla
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

The 2018 Casa Castillo Vino de Finca is a red wine produced by Casa Castillo in the Jumilla region of Spain. This proprietary blend combines Monastrell with 25% Garnacha, sourced from limestone-rich soils. The Monastrell vines are aged between 20 to 30 years, while the Garnacha vines are 8 years old. The wine was crafted from a cooler, more continental vintage, resulting in a distinct flavor profile.

In terms of production, the wine underwent fermentation in underground stone pools with 25% to 30% full clusters and indigenous yeasts. It was then matured for 12 months in 5,000-liter foudres and 500-liter barrels. An important note is that since 2017, the blend has included a higher percentage of Garnacha as more plots have come into production. A total of 53,000 bottles were produced, and the wine was bottled in December 2019.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate rated this wine with a score of 93. According to the review published on September 10, 2020, the wine offers a more serious and austere profile compared to Casa Castillo's entry-level offerings. The absence of Syrah in this blend aims to maintain a more Mediterranean profile, which is highlighted by aromatic herbs such as thyme, rosemary, and lavender, alongside the slightly rustic notes of Monastrell. The reviewer noted, "The selection of plots used for this wine results in something more serious, more austere and with more depth than the entry-level Casa Castillo."

Overall, the 2018 Casa Castillo Vino de Finca is a noteworthy wine that stands out for its blend of Monastrell and Garnacha, and its unique production process. The higher inclusion of Garnacha and the absence of Syrah contribute to its distinct Mediterranean character.