SOLD OUT! I’ve been drinking wines from this producer for years, and the 2016 Casa Castillo Monastrell is one of the top values this estate has ever put out. Rated 91+ points by Robert Paker’s Wine Advocate and coming to you at less than $15, this is a smoking value in rich, full-bodied, and beautifully textured red wine.
“Considered by many observers to be the finest estate in Jumilla, Casa Castillo is a treasure-trove for fabulous values, particularly from the Monastrell (Mourvdre) grape that loves the chalky terroirs and cool slopes of Sierra del Molar.” – Robert Parker
2016 Casa Castillo Monastrell
91+ points Wine Advocate and A TON OF WINE FOR THE MONEY!
José Maria Vicente is the third generation owner of Casa Castillo. The farm started as a rosemary plantation, but in a relatively short period of time, it evolved into the premiere estate in Jumilla. This rugged, barren, and sun-drenched zone in Southeastern Spain might lack the tourist amenities of more famous wine zones, but that’s what I like about it. And more importantly, it’s lesser known regions like this that are home to the world’s greatest wine values.
And man, this is an extreme wine value. From certified organic vineyards, the blend here is actually 92% Monastrell and 4% each Garnacha and Syrah. Grapes are hand harvested, fermentation takes place with native yeasts in tank, and the wine is aged for 9 months in neutral oak and concrete tanks. The resulting wine possesses wonderful purity and a lot to like.
After tasting this one last week, I can say with confidence that it could easily sell for $20. And it would have fans at that price point. I pick up lots of ripe blue fruits on the nose along with more complex notes of dark chocolate, pepper, and violet. Full-bodied and concentrated, yet energetic and balanced, this one knocks it outta’ the park on the value scale.
Perfect as a cocktail red, it would also be great with burgers, bbq chicken, or any other comfort food staples. With such a great price going on this one, it’s going to go fast. Stock up while it’s on sale because you can drink it now or over the next 5 years.
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