2015 Casa Castillo "Las Gravas" Jumilla

SKU #1411101 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Las Gravas is a classic Mediterranean blend of Monastrell with 15% each Garnacha and Syrah, with 15% alcohol after fermenting with part of full clusters and indigenous grapes and aging in used oak barrels for 19 months. 2015 is the last vintage that Las Gravas has some Syrah, as it adds some sweet fruit he wants to avoid. However, it shows fresh within the balsamic profile, with plenty of rosemary and thyme notes combined with floral undertones and the character of the esparto grass and tree bark that are textbook descriptors of the variety. (LG)  (12/2017)

93 points Vinous

 Bright magenta. Dark berries, incense, potpourri and oak spices on the expansive nose. Smooth, appealingly sweet and open-knit, offering juicy blackberry, cherry-cola and mocha flavors that are sharpened by a snap of tangy acidity. Finishes on a building floral note, with strong persistence and even tannins that add shape and gentle grip. This wine drinks wonderfully now but it also has plenty of upside for the patient wine lover who has the foresight to stash some away. (JR)  (4/2019)

K&L Notes

Not surprising Las Gravas comes from a profoundly rocky, single vineyard of the same name. You’d also be hard pressed to call it soil since before you can get to anything resembling dirt you have to go through a foot of stones. Here Jose Maia and his father planted Monastrell, Garnacha and Syrah, each of which contribute to the final blend of Las Gravas. While the other cuvées from the estate show the unique expression of site and variety, Las Gravas is a broader lesson in terroir and the varieties that thrive here. Las Gravas is harvested by hand and fermented in underground stone tanks with manual pigeage. Once primary fermentation is complete the wine is aged in 500 liter French oak demi-muids for 18 months. In most vintages only 20% of the barrels are new.


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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/4/2019 | Send Email
Rich and explosive but has the stuffing and structure to go the long haul. This is a wine of two halves. It has big, boisterous, upfront fruit...but also significant underlying structure and acidity. Seriously concentrated and formidable on the palate but not jammy or over-blown. Lovely authentic feel to the palate and beautifully unimpeded by wine making artifact. This just showcases the natural power and richness Monastrell can achieve here.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/21/2019 | Send Email
The nose of this wine displays a sense of depth and breadth with swirls of chocolaty ripeness. On the palate I was surprised, I was expecting something that was out of balance but au contraire the wine has good acidity balancing out the broad base. The same flavors resonate through the wine but are less chocolaty and full of roasted meats and garrigue. A broad, full finish with balance and a bit of freshness. A perfect cocktail red for those that are looking for easy drinking but fresh.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/21/2019 | Send Email
Decadent is the first adjective that comes to mind when I smell this wine. It is the spice, there are layers and layers of very fine sweet and savory spices. The spice is present but not domineering, it gives great depth and brings intrigue to a region and varietal that do not necessarily have a reputation for those things. There is a lot of that classic dark rich Monastrell fruit for all of that spice to play off of, but oh that spice! It is just a decadent on the palate as the nose. This is full and round with lots of plush polished tannins. There is an inverse to the aromas to the flavors on the palate; there are less spices and more fruit and also savory earthy tone that builds on the finish. The fruit reminds me of mixed dark berries and pomegranates. This is a little indulgent, but we deserve that sometimes, and definitely at this price.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/15/2019 | Send Email
I’ve twice visited this property located deep in the countryside of Jumilla. The area is remote and wild and seems to be one of the best places on earth to grown Monastrell (aka Mourvedré). Often considered one of the “cult” wines of Spain, the single vineyard “Las Gravas” bottling remains somewhat off the collectors radar in the US. But having tasted this wine on many occasions I can attest to its quality and ageability. The Monastrell dominant wine reminds me somewhat of a poor mans Beaucastel; which is only intended as a compliment. Once while touring the vineyards, we heard gun shots in the distance. When we inquired about the shooting, our guide informed us they were hunting rabbits for the evenings paella.

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5