91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Always an incredible value, the 2016 Depaula is pure Monastrell from vines planted at 900-meters altitude. It fermented and aged in 4,500-liter oak vats with full clusters and indigenous yeasts. This is different from the other reds; it's from a different region (outside Jumilla) with more color and a different profile, even if they have harvested earlier and obtained a wine with less alcohol. However, it's not easy to make a straightforward and fruit-driven red with ungrafted ancient Monastrell, and in the future , they might release a more serious cuvée of Monastrell. This has chalky tannins and a nice mouthfeel, with the juiciness of the variety and the minerality from the soils, and has balsamic and Mediterranean aromas and flavors. It's serious and balanced rather than explosive. 30,000 bottles produced ."
Vinous Reverie Notes
Juan Antonio Ponce began his winery in 2005, at the age of 23. He works biodynamically in the vineyard, and in the winery he takes a natural approach, using low levels of sulfur dioxide. His philosophy is to make natural wines with wild yeast fermentation, to respect the local terroir.