Thursday, August 17, 2006

Castano Monastrell 2003 wine review by (PB)

This Spanish (Yecla) wine is made from the thick skinned Monastrell grape also known as Mourvedre (pronounced—More-ved) known for high alchohol content and hefty tannins.

It has a fine ruby color with a hefty bouquet of green fruit. In the mouth it has stiff tannins—true to form—is a bit harsh (alcoholy—true to form) yet a bit thin. The finish is “green” perhaps unripe fruit. Mourvedre or Monastrell can be quite nice; this is just a poor example. My wife and I took one glass and then opened a different bottle of a reliable $4 Chianti which was perfect with our pizza that night. The Castano cost $7 but I think the review says it all…

The Castano has been relegated to the refrigerator for cooking. Raise a glass—of something reliable!

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