93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The style of the 2016 La Casilla is lighter and more aromatic and subtle than the 2015, following the character of the year, very mineral (wet chalk), long and tasty. It also fermented with 100% full clusters and indigenous yeasts and matured in well-seasoned 600-liter oak barrels. In a way, the nose made me think of a floral and mineral Gamay from Beaujolas. This is a great value. It's approachable now, but it should also develop nicely in bottle. 11,000 bottles were filled in July 2017."
"100% Bobal on limestone. Carbonic maceration in big open tanks, then aged in big old wood.
Mid cherry red. Smoky, mineral and spicy red and black fruit. Dry, chalky texture, so fresh. Real delicacy for Bobal and a long, dry, refined texture to the end. 16.5/20 points. (JH)"
Vinous Reverie Notes
Manchuela, a lesser-known Spanish wine region that is inland from Valencia, is where the Bobal varietal thrives, Known for its thick skins and rusticity, controlling the Bobal’s vigor is what makes for a well-balanced and interesting wine. While there are very few defenders of this region and even fewer winemakers that are dedicated to this varietal, Juan Antonio Ponce stands proud as a master and interpreter of the Bobal grape.