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Casa Castillo Pie Franco 2021

Casa Castillo Pie Franco



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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.5%
Production5,200 bottles

The wine

The Pie Franco is an intrinsically elegant Monastrell, the Casa Castillo's most elegant, from a winery capable of transforming the rusticity that often characterises this variety into delicacy and refinement. An exceptional wine in certain vintages, and even though it displays its finesse soon after release, it's a real shame to sacrifice it in its youth. Leave it to evolve for a few years and it'll amaze you.

Reddish against the light, whilst poured into the glass, and a Picota cherry colour once served. A chalk-powdery nose, perhaps picking up on the calcareous stones that cover the vineyard, which gives way after a good aeration to finely alcohol-doused fruit. Cherries, liquorice, violets, Mediterranean herbs and a subtle touch of black olives betraying the varietal. An intense palate, revealing vibrant acidity and a lactic yet dryish body. Possessing all it needs for a temperate evolution in bottle, it already offers fantastic sensations too, although decanting and serving it in a tall glass is a good idea. Balsamic, almost mentholated, spicy and tannic, with a fine minerality in evidence right the way through, as if the ground wanted to make its mark on the grapes, and the old, deep-seated roots of its vines were intent on making their presence felt. There's the oak enhancing without hampering and the fruit unashamedly making a show, as though looking to draw in the taster. It covers the glass with dense tears and the palate with elegant austerity, hinting at stone and oak. A wine which looks to the future, or perhaps to the past?

Drinking and storing


Food pairing

Meats cooked on hot stone / Roasted pork / Peppered steak

Ratings and awards

202199 PK
2020100 PK
201997 PK95 PN
201898 PK95 PN97 DC
201799 PK96 PN97 DC
201696 PK95 PN
PK: ParkerPN: PeñínDC: Decanter

Customer reviews

2 reviews


Vinification materialWood
Ageing periodBetween 22 and 24 months
Barrel ageNew
Type of woodFrench oak
Clarification and filtrationUnfiltered


La Solana

Vine age75 years
SoilSand / Gravel surface
YieldsVery low yields

The winery

Casa Castillo

Casa Castillo

A collection of excellent quality wines, rated as the best from Jumilla by Luis Gutiérrez (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) and among the top Spanish Mediterranean wines.