2007 Casa Castillo Monastrell Jumilla

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90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Monastrell is even better than the 2006 which received 88 points in Issue 175. The wine is estate grown and bottled from old vines and low yields. It was aged for six months in seasoned French and American oak barrels. Dark ruby-colored, it exhibits a nose of spice box, black cherry, and blueberry. This leads to a medium to full-bodied wine with layered fruit, savory flavors, enough structure to evolve for 1-2 years, and a pure close. Drink it over the next four years." (08/08) 90 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Expressive, spicy aromas of black raspberry, gingerbread, dark chocolate and dried flowers. Supple red and dark berry flavors are firmed by dusty tannins and enlivened by zesty minerality. Very fresh wine, with no loose ends or rough edges and very good finishing sweetness. This was raised in three-year-old barrels, 80% French and 20% American. A remarkable value." (Sept/Oct '08) From the young vines on the property, 22 years of age, aged in neutral French oak. This is one of the best bargains in the store. With a nose packed full of blackberry, cola and peppered meats, this is very alluring juice. With a perfect level of ripeness this forgoes the general trend of the region to pruney, cooked qualities in the wines, instead substituting tangy acidity and vibrant flavors of bacon, black peppercorns, red currant, dried raspberry and fresh red plum. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/3/2009 | Send Email
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What a wonderful Jumilla from Spain! A really pretty nose of ripe raspberries, cocoa and fresh-cut flowers. On the palate, fairly rich but, not overdone or raisiny as some Jumilla's can be. In fact, there is a bit (just a bit) of earthiness and tannin with spice and minerality. This gives the wine excellent balance and makes it stand out from others. A wonderful buy!
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- Also called Monastrell and Mataro, Mourvèdre is most famous for the ruby-hued wines of Provence's Bandol region, known for their spicy, gamey, blackberry character, though the grape is grown throughout Provence and the Southern Rhône. Thought to have originated in Spain, it is second only to Grenache in vine acres, with the best examples found in Rioja, Alicante and Penedès.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.