The Monastrell from Casa Castillo is made from younger vines sourced mainly from La Valle. Aged for 6 months in a combination of neutral 500 liter French oak barrels, foudres and concrete, the wine is fresh, vibrant and shows a much more northern european temperament than one usually finds this far south. To capture this quality, be certain to serve this wine a cellar temperature.
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.