2011 Casa Castillo Monastrell Jumilla

SKU #1138041 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (aged for six months in older French oak): Dark ruby. Sexy, high-pitched aromas of raspberry, cherry, star anise and candied rose, with a touch of orange zest. Smells like a ripe pinot noir. Fleshy and seamless, offering sappy red fruit flavors and a bitter note of rhubarb. Subtle vanilla and licorice notes linger on the smooth, gently tannic finish. Lots of wine for the money.  (9/ 2012)

89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Made from 100% Monastrell (Mourvedre), Casa Castillo’s 2011 Monastrell comes from incredibly low yields (16 hectoliters per hectare). It reveals abundant flavor along with a chalky minerality, dense blueberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with a hint of spring flowers, medium body and a supple texture. This is an amazing red wine for such a lowly price. I have enjoyed previous offerings from the 86-year-old vines planted on these north-facing limestone slopes.  (12/ 2012)

Jancis Robinson

 This is the entry-level Monastrell wine of the flagship winery of the region. Casa Castillo is renowned for trying to soften Monastrell's tannins to the maximum and for seeking finesse rather than power (not always easy in a region as torrid as Jumilla). However, this 2011 Monastrell is their riper wine. The tannins are massive but rounded, really savoury and concentrated and the wine shows an inky density. Cassis, cherry juice, liqueur and damson dominate the aromas. Drink 2013-2016.  (6/ 2013)

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Mourvedre

- 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.
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Spain

- 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.