In our opinion, Casa Castillo is the leading winery in Jumilla and their wines have just gotten better and better over the years. They farm organically and do all fermentation with natural yeasts. Their wines as a whole have wonderful freshness and clarity of flavor that consistently outshines their neighbors. Most of their wines are based around the indigenous Monastrell (Mourvedre), but the El Molar is an exception as it is all Garnacha. Jose Maria, the owner felt that Jumillas hot and dry summers and the limestone topsoil with a layer of gravel above it was very similar to the southern Rhone where Garnacha is the work horse for many Cotes du Rhone red wines.
Like everything they do, the El Molar has wonderful freshness and brightness with hints of wild, scrubby herbs found in the area and a core of fresh red fruit. It's got a mineral backbone and a touch of pepper and a very precise and pretty finish.
is a high-pitched red fruit note on the nose of the 2017 El Molar, and
it's a wine with a lot of light, something that is quite remarkable for a
warm and Mediterranean year like 2017. This is a Garnacha that feels
like a wine from a cool year, with plenty bright red fruit. I tasted it
two weeks after it was bottled, and it felt completely harmonious and
relaxed. As with most of the 2017s, this seems like the finest vintage
for this wine. It has a lighter color and a more fragrant nose, and it's
immediately identifiable within the Casa Castillo range. 28,000 bottles
produced. It was bottled in February 2019." 94 points Luis Gutierrez The Wine Advocate