Montecastro wines are made by the technical team of Hacienda Monasterio. Hacienda Monasterio, one of the most dynamic winemakers groups of modern Ribera del Duero, acquired the majority shares of the company and assumes today the technical direction of the new wines, with Carlos de la Fuente at the front, the current deputy director Hacienda Monasterio and right hand of Peter Sisseck.
Montecastro is now an all French oak less dense and cooler wine made now almost exclusively with tempranillo grapes (only 5% of merlot) and raised with 40% of barrels of second year. A wine with a great intensity of red fruit, notes of underbrush, a mineral, very complete and balanced. A new wine to the Hacienda Monasterio team aims to squeeze thoroughly the possibilities of this exceptional vineyard, planted between 860 and 930 meters.
91 Points Wine Advocate - The now called simply 2013 Montecastro feel like a completely different wine from a new regime. The wine is ripe and heady but the oak feels much better integrated, and the palate is smoother and with better balance and freshness. It's mostly Tempranillo with some 5% Merlot matured in used French and American (10%) oak barrels for 13 to 18 months depending on the lot. 53,433 bottles produced.