Casa Castillo Pie Franco 2018
69.95€ (Inc. VAT bot. 75 cl.) / Spain
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I think the pure Monastrell from an ungrafted vineyard has to be among the best in its kind in the world, and the 2018 Pie Franco didn't disappoint me. It fermented with 25% to 30% full clusters (less full clusters were used in this continental and cooler vintage) and indigenous yeasts in underground pools with a moderate maceration at a maximum temperature of 32 degrees Celsius. It matured in 500-liter oak barrels for 16 months. The challenge here is to control the power and natural concentration of the old, south-facing vines, and a year like 2018, even if it presented some challenges and made them work harder in the vineyards, provides good conditions to do so.
Between 14ºC and 16ºC
Aged for 19 months in new French oak barrels of 500 litres.
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