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Pie Franco

Casa Castillo

Pie Franco Bottle
Appellation
Jumilla
Variety
Monastrell
Age of Vines
75
Farming
Certified organic (CAERM)
Soil
Sandy clay limestone
Altitude
750 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested, 30-50% whole cluster fermentation in stone lagars, frequent manual pigeage
Aging
16-18 months in neutral 500L French oak demi-muids

Overview

Depending on whom you consult, the Pie Franco from Casa Castillo is considered: the benchmark wine from Jumilla, the best example of Monastrell in Spain or one of Spain’s greatest wines. The Pie Franco comes from the oldest vineyard (about 75 years old) on the property, La Solana. Solana is noted for its sandy soils that are phylloxera resistant but not completely immune and each year a few vines succomb to the disease which combined with the low yields means that there is very little Pie Franco to go around. For many years this cuvée was only available in Europe but recently a small amount has been made available to us. A pre-fermentation maceration proceeds fermentation in stone lagars after which the wine is racked into neutral 500 liter French oak demi-muids where it ages for 16 to 18 months.

Ratings & Reviews

98

2018 Pie Franco

Source: WA

99

2017 Pie Franco

Source: WA

96

2016 Pie Franco

Source: WA

98

2015 Pie Franco

Source: WA

94

2014 Pie Franco

Source: WA

92

2014 Pie Franco

Source: JS

97

2013 Pie Franco

Source: WA

Murcia, Spain
  • Location
    Murcia, Spain
  • Appellation
    Jumilla
  • Proprietor
    Jose Maria Vicente
  • Winemaker
    Jose Maria Vicente
  • Size / Elevation
    174 hectares / 750–775 meters
  • Portfolio
    Eric Solomon Selections

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