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Date Printed: 10/23/2014
Casa Castillo Monastrell 2008
Casa Castillo Monastrell 2008
(search item no. 104534)
International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 10/23/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

100% Monastrell from the valley, fermentation in steel tanks under temperature control with a soft maceration of skins. After the malolactic fermentation the wine is aged in French and American barrels for a short period (from 3 to 6 months) with the purpose of obtaining fresh and fruity wines with the character of the monastrell.
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About Casa Castillo:

Casa Castillo in the region of Jumilla is a property that has been producing wine since 1874. This tradition continued with a winery built by a French company in 1910 when phylloxera forced them out of their vineyards in France. Jumilla is one of the few places in Spain that has successfully resisted the infestation of phylloxera, hence making it an ideal place for this new winery. Like many Rhone wine merchants, they were interested in Monastrell (Mourvedre) based wine.

The Roch family acquired the property in 1941. Julia Roch and her grandson, José Maria Vicente, have been recovering the artisanal origins of this estate, making significant strides in the integrity and quality of winemaking.