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J. Antonio Ponce La Casilla 2021

J. Antonio Ponce La Casilla

A great wine from Manchuela


/ 0.75 L btl
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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.0%

The wine

Projects like this one from the Ponce family mean that nowadays no one questions the possibility of great wines being produced in the D.O. Manchuela. Proud of these lands, in 2005 the family made a firm commitment to using traditional local grape varieties as the backbone of their project. And time has proven them right. Led by the experienced winemaker Juan Antonio Ponce, the Manchuela soil in the area of Cuenca is an excellent partner for grapes such as the Moravia Agria, Albilla, or Bobal – the latter being the variety the winery uses to make La Casilla.

What does this wine taste like?

La Casilla has a wild freshness and a delicate and tantalizing nose, with red flowers and an intensely balsamic background. It is airy and spongy in the mouth with lactic and white pepper touches combining in pursuit of an aromatic balance. A juicy wine with delicate tannins and energizing acidity in the mouth, it has hints of damp chalk, ash, small wild strawberries, and a certain dryness which comes from the stalks of the mature bunches of grapes. It is recommended to aerate the wine to bring out flavours of Mediterranean scrubland, such as rosemary and thyme, and its elegant tannicity obtained by just the right amount of skin maceration. The slightly bitter aftertaste makes it a particularly elegant wine, while a delicate rusticity allows it to be served at temperatures cooler than 14 degrees.

Picota cherry red / Intense / Clean / Bright
Fruit aromas / Red fruit / Cherries / Blueberries / Mineral notes
Good entry / Silky / Lovely tannins / Well-integrated acidity / Pleasant finish

Drinking and storing

Serve between 12ºC and 14ºC

Food pairing

Peppercorn steak / Kid goat / Meats with red berry fruit sauces

Ratings and awards

202094 PK
201992 PK
201893+ PK
201793 PK
201693 PK
201490 PK
PK: Parker

Customer reviews

3 reviews


Utmost care and attention is paid to collecting the fruit and the vinification process. The grapes are harvested by hand, collected in small crates, and then crushed by foot, before the resulting whole-bunch must is fermented using its own natural yeasts. The wine ages in large used French oak barrels on its lees and is bottled unfiltered and unclarified. The aim is to produce a wine which clearly expresses itself.

Vinification materialWood
Ageing period10 months
Barrel ageUsed
Type of woodFrench oak
Clarification and filtrationBottled unfined and unfiltered


Parcelas Casilla, Costera y Tabla

Their old Bobal vines (between 35 and 70 years old) are the key to the deep character of this wine, and the chalky-clay soils and continental climate provide the perfect framework for them to thrive in. 

SoilLimestone / Clay / Silt

The winery

Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce

Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce is a family-run winery which has successfully enabled the small denomination of Manchuela to start becoming known on the international scene. Their original and honest wines have developed into essential brands for finding out what this area produces, and in particular, for discovering the Bobal, a variety which is increasingly more appreciated thanks to the efforts and dedication of experienced winemakers such as Juan Antonio Ponce. Founded in 2005...