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Vino de Finca

Casa Castillo

Vino de Finca Bottle
Appellation
Jumilla
Variety
Monastrell, Garnacha
Age of Vines
10-30
Farming
Certified organic (CAERM)
Soil
Sandy clay, gravel
Altitude
750 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested, partially destemmed, natural yeast fermentation in concrete vats
Aging
12 months in 5000L foudres and neutral, 500L French oak demi-muids

Overview

Widely acknowledged as the leading proponent of Monastrell in Spain, José Maria is not content to just double down on this variety. While the ubiquitous Monastrell is at the heart of his endeavors, he’s always played against expectations in pursuit of the true meaning of his sandy clay and rocky terroir. In the 1990s it was with Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah which have been completely (in the case of the Cab) and partially replaced with Garnacha. One look at his soils, in many cases remarkably analogous to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Garnacha seems the obvious choice but one which few in Jumilla has sought to explore apart from José Maria. With more and more Garnacha coming online from the grafting over of his Cabernet and with the planting of young vines, a new expression of Jumilla began to form at Casa Castillo – one that uses older vine Monastrell as its base but enlivened with about 25% Garnacha. Called Vino de Finca, or Estate Wine, this new cuvée was first made in 2015 and shows what a remarkable difference that small amount of Garnacha can make. Of course, it is not just the blend that makes Finca so expressive, but its indigenous fermentation, the inclusion of whole clusters, and a gentle maceration – in 5000L French oak vats and neutral 500L French oak demi-muids.

Ratings & Reviews

93

2018 Vino de Finca

Source: WA

93+

2017 Vino de Finca

Source: WA

92

2016 Vino de Finca

Source: WA

91

2016 Vino de Finca

Source: JS

91

2015 Vino de Finca

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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