90 points Decanter
"Mint freshness on the nose with confected cherry aromas. A succulent palate with great fruit supported by oak spice raspberry acidity."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2015 Hécula is pure old-vine Monastrell from dry-farmed, head-pruned vineyards on limestone soils within their Las Gruesas and Pozuelo estates in the higher part of the Yecla appellation. Different plots are fermented differently, and the wine aged for an average of six months in barrique. Stylistically, this is somewhere between the floral Monastrell and the more classic Casa Carmela, revamped, with a new image and with a cleaner nose and even some shy flowers. It's higher pitched than the more tarry Casa Carmela (even if I'm comparing different vintages) but not as much as the Monastrell and with less extraction and tannins than in the past. The palate is polished with some fine-grained tannins."
Vinous Reverie Notes
“For years, Yecla has been a synonym of Castano (or the other way round)” ~ Luis Gutierrez (Robert Parker's Wine Advocate)
Hécula is an old-vine Monastrell sourced from two districts, Las Gruesas & Pozuelo, both in the northern part of DO Yecla. Here the soils are high in lime content and at a higher elevation than the rest of the region, the Monastrell is dense and rich but with balanced acidity and ripe tannins. Hécula is destemmed, fermented in stainless steel tanks with a maceration of 10 days followed by aging in French and American oak barrels.