- Mourvèdre / Monastrell
- Biodynamic, Organic, Vegan-Friendly
- Residual Sugar: 10 g/l
- Full Bodied
- 14.5% 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 loved the subtly Mediterranean nose of the 2018 Caliza, a pure Monastrell from limestone-rich soils on the Casa Los Frailes property. It has a bright ruby color and a lively palate with freshness and very fine tannins. It's varietal and shows the soil and vintage character. This was my clear favorite from the 2018 'soil' bottlings. Drink date: 2020-2025.