- Mourvèdre / Monastrell
- Biodynamic, Organic, Vegan-Friendly
- Full Bodied
- 13.00% alc./vol
About the Winery
Casa Los Frailes
Casa Los Frailes is located in the valley called “land of Alforins”, south west inland province of Valencia, with average altitude of 650-700 meters above sea level. The valley is located between two mountains range, on the east the Mediterranean Sea (50km) and on the west the main “plateau” of La Mancha. Casa Los Frailes (“Cals Frares” in old valencian local language) takes their name from the Jesuit Friars that used to live in the Estate over two centuries (XVII to XVIII). The Casa Los Frailes estate now belongs to the Velázquez family and has for over 250 years, today the 13th generation runs the winery.
Frontrunners in organic agriculture and biodynamics, the estate consists of 162 hectare with vineyards, Mediterranean forest, almond and olive trees and a unique terroir. The main variety was (and still is) the Monastrell, cultivated in bush vines. "As inheritors of such legacy, we believe our wines should be part and transmit the history of our estate, as this history is obviously unique. In today's interconnected world, wines are more and more uniform, but we are committed to elaborate authentic and different wines, loyal to our personality and our history."
I've always liked their 100% Monastrell bottling that's named after the year the property was created, and the 2015 1771 is from a classical Mediterranean vintage, to which the variety is perfectly adapted. It has a textbook Monastrell and Mediterranean nose of ripe berries, tree bark, esparto grass, hay, straw, thyme and rosemary. This wine is always an elegant expression of the rusticity of the grape, and the 2015 has a classical style. The grapes were picked under very good conditions, and the wine shows quite relaxed. The wine is polished and drinkable, but it has the stuffing and balance to develop nicely in bottle. It matured in 700-liter French oak barrels for 12 months. Drink date: 2019-2025.