2012 Casa Castillo Las Gravas, Jumilla (750ml)

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Country: Spain
Region: Jumilla
Grape Varietal: Mourvedre
Review Score: 94WA, 92V, 92JS
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A cuvée that has been changing over the years (and getting more focused and Mediterranean, I'd say) the 2012 Las Gravas is a blend of Monastrell with 15% Syrah and 15% Garnacha; the Garnacha vineyards in the state come into production so the winery has more grapes to use. This wine saw a big change with the 2008 vintage, when Cabernet Sauvignon disappeared from the blend and got more focused and true to its birthplace. 2012 could be the finest vintage to date, as there was no 2012 Pie Franco, as quantities were really short and those grapes are in this blend. It starts off with some notes of smoke, toffee, fresh fruit and orange peel in harmony with well-integrated oak and a stony profile that develops more and more notes of esparto grass with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied, with some polished, very fine tannins and a good mid-palate that is very balanced and fresh (I saw a note of pomegranate, is it the Garnacha?). It is a serious, very young wine with ripe flavors that make it very tasty. This is clearly riper than the 2013s and shows the character of the vintage quite transparently. The price is a dream come true. Super! 26,500 bottles.

94 points, eRobertParker.com (Issue # 217 - Feb 2015)

Vivid ruby. A sexy, highly perfumed bouquet evoking ripe red and dark berries, incense and potpourri, with smoky minerality and Asian spice. accents building in the glass. The palate is pliant and appealingly sweet, offering intense, concentrated black raspberry and lavender pastille flavors that deepen and spread out on the back half. This wine is weighty yet energetic in style with excellent focus and silky tannins framing its assertive berry flavors.

92 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Sep 2015)

A fresh red with floral, sliced herbs and dark fruits. Full-bodied, balanced and fruity. Bright acidity and fine tannins. A blend of 70% monastrell with 15% syrah and 15% garnacha. A pretty and delicious red. Drink or hold.

92 points, James Suckling (Oct 2015)