Released with a suggested retail of $25, Luis Gutiérrez nailed it in his review: “I tasted two vintages of La Casilla, [2015 and 2016] starting with the 2015 La Casilla, and the two showed the character of their year very clearly—the 2015 was riper and juicier, even if it's only 13% alcohol. It also has a very Mediterranean profile, with balsamic aromas of thyme and rosemary and touches of fennel and licorice, and very polished tannins and a chalky texture, combining ripeness with minerality. It fermented with indigenous yeasts and full clusters in 4,500-liter oak vats and matured in 600-liter oak barrels for ten months. 11,000 bottles were filled in June 2016. This has always been produced from the same vineyards since 2008. The grapes come from two plots, one of them with more clay to polish the mouthfeel.” Luis gave the wine 91 points and I was able to pick it up on sale for just under $13. He awarded the 2016 and 2017 vintages 93 points each, at a cost of just under $20, still a bargain for such a good wine. But you may want to wait for a sale!

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