Denne vin er en af de absolut mest oversete perler i hele Spanien. Enorm intensitet og smagskoncentration, med en ubegribelig finesse samtidig. Robert Parker kvitterer med svimlende 97 point!
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97 Point i Robert Parkers Wine Advocate:
"There is no 2012 Pie Franco so I tasted the 2013 Pie Franco, the leading old-vine, ungrafted Monastrell wine from Casa Castillo. This is an indigenous wine showing the character of the place, grape and vintage quite transparently. 50% full clusters were foot trodden and fermented in cement vats and aged in used 500-liter barrels. I had the chance to taste the wine a mere week before bottling and it was showing truly superb. It reminded me of a hypothetical blend of 2010 and 2006, perhaps more elegant at this stage, with subtle earth and tree bark aromas under notes of violets, red and blue berries, aromatic herbs (thyme, rosemary) and fennel (even aniseed and licorice). It shows no traces of oak only distant spices and even more timid hints of graphite. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a truly Mediterranean character, as it should be, along with density and tannin to keep the balance and freshness. It is quite poised and noble with great depth and a backbone of acidity that will keep it for many years. 97 points