2012 Casa Castillo "Las Gravas" Jumilla

SKU #1231509 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A cuvée that has been changing over the years (and getting more focused and Mediterranean, I'd say) the 2012 Las Gravas is a blend of Monastrell with 15% Syrah and 15% Garnacha; the Garnacha vineyards in the state come into production so the winery has more grapes to use. This wine saw a big change with the 2008 vintage, when Cabernet Sauvignon disappeared from the blend and got more focused and true to its birthplace. 2012 could be the finest vintage to date, as there was no 2012 Pie Franco, as quantities were really short and those grapes are in this blend. It starts off with some notes of smoke, toffee, fresh fruit and orange peel in harmony with well-integrated oak and a stony profile that develops more and more notes of esparto grass with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied, with some polished, very fine tannins and a good mid-palate that is very balanced and fresh (I saw a note of pomegranate, is it the Garnacha?). It is a serious, very young wine with ripe flavors that make it very tasty. This is clearly riper than the 2013s and shows the character of the vintage quite transparently. The price is a dream come true. (LG)  (2/2015)

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/3/2016 | Send Email
This hearty and somewhat brambly wine is ripe, sweet and very earthy. The mid-palate is deep and full of smoky blue and black fruit that seem to gain intensity with air. The mineral-laced finish is long and the deeply embedded tannins are suave and fine.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2015 | Send Email
Like the El Molar we recently emailed, Casa Castillo's Las Gravas is both rich and multi-layered, ripe and impressively fresh as well. The high wire balance is likely a function of a vision and winemaking team that seems to be really coming into its own, and impressive vineyard sites in a D.O. that has some serious, high quality calcareous vineyards. Red fruit flavors are intense and rich, nearly a confit type of ripeness—until the finish, that is, where the lift, elegance, minerality and citrus rind flavors contribute to the overall balance. This is intriguing stuff to drink now or cellar over the next several years.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5