Sunday, August 14, 2005

Castano Solanera Monastrell 2001 (PB)

This unfiltered Spanish red is from the Yecla region of Southern Spain. Monastrell–the grape type–is also known as Mourvedre. In the glass it is a deep inky dark red and this blend of 65% Monastrell and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon has a fragrant bouquet of smoke, green peppers, prunes and blackberries. In the mouth it is hot, sour and out of balance. Licorice is fairly prominent mid-palate and on the finish though flavors are tightly wound. I’ll breathe this and see if it helps.

After a couple hours and decanting the wine, it is full of prunes and in the mouth it is much better balanced though still a bit harsh and austere. Tannins are fairly well developed.

This wine was recommended as a wine that would pull my socks off by the wine manager of a local store. I bought two bottles about 1 ½ years ago and after tasting the first bottle and being quite unimpressed, I decided to lay the other bottle down.
1½ years later, the wine was better than I remember it the first time but not exactly a “pull your socks off” kind of wine. For $14 you can do better.

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