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|Drinking window: Drink between 2009 and 2012 (based on 15 user opinions)|
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Community Tasting Notes (average 134 notes) - and median of 87 pts. in hiding notes with no text
| ||Tasted by Bluecollar on 6/8/2013 & rated 88 points: Similar to past notes (774 views)|
| ||Tasted by bcmatthias on 3/12/2013 & rated 86 points: Simple, but still drinking just fine. (1006 views)|
| ||Tasted by Bluecollar on 2/24/2013 & rated 89 points: Similar to previous notes (1037 views)|
| ||Tasted by Bluecollar on 11/14/2012 & rated 89 points: This wine is just now starting to shine. While it still has it's enjoyable barnyard nose, the flavors have developed into dusted berry and candied fruit. Mid pallet reveals cinnamin and white pepper with a long finish. Good now or 3+ yrs (1314 views)|
| ||Tasted by bcmatthias on 10/28/2012 & rated 85 points: A bit much oak on the finish. Fading some with age. (1401 views)|
| ||Tasted by corkcellar on 8/10/2012 & rated 87 points: Nice color, surprisingly good fruit but lack structure (1266 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 7/15/2012 & rated 83 points: Schöner Alltagswein. (517 views)|
| ||Tasted by Boomer53 on 7/6/2012 & rated 87 points: The flavor is grape rich almost Welches like. The aroma is like cinnamon and flowers. Truly pleasant to sip. For the price a great drink to have even more. Wonderful to share. (956 views)|
| ||Tasted by Bluecollar on 5/27/2012 & rated 88 points: Earth and barnyard on the nose in an appealing way with smooth tannins with a firm backbone. Lacking interest mid palate but ends with a long finish. (1022 views)|
| ||Tasted by Drugstore Cowboy on 5/11/2012 & rated 89 points: This wine had a dramatic change for the better in the last year and I revised my "Drink Latest" to 2014. (874 views)|
| ||Tasted by bcmatthias on 10/30/2011 & rated 86 points: Fine for the price, but wanted more depth. (2051 views)|
| ||Tasted by Winiac on 10/6/2011 & rated 86 points: Dark color but somewhat light on on the palate. Somewhat oaky and unripe but overall okay wine for the price. Oh, it had some sediment! (1992 views)|
| ||Tasted by pkatz on 3/2/2011 & rated 89 points: Still quite tasty. Consistent with prior notes. (2808 views)|
| ||Tasted by bcmatthias on 1/24/2011 & rated 88 points: Nice cherry nose, went well with food. (2801 views)|
| ||Tasted by freedomjim on 12/27/2010: Will not give a rating on this yet. A decent wine, it was somewhat harsh. It got better for a little while and then became harsher. Quite fruity, nice color, but the harsh finish was distracting and detracted from its other good qualities. Perhaps my other bottles will be better. (2989 views)|
| ||Tasted by jcanavanjr on 11/27/2010 & rated 88 points: Good wine for the price. (3052 views)|
| ||Tasted by chryses on 11/17/2010 & rated 85 points: Flat nose, insipid in the mouth. This is why I shouldn't trust professional reviews. Bought a case of this based solely on "Great Buy" accolades. Although it wasn't a total loss - this became the basis for some very delicious spiced wine that kept me warm all winter. (1628 views)|
| ||Tasted by nms1987 on 11/9/2010 & rated 88 points: Castano Monastrell (aka Mourvedre) from the Yecla region of Spain. Vintage 2007, consumed in November 2010.|
Ruby/purple in color.
My sinuses are pretty messed up at the moment, but I can get a decent but not huge nose on this. Maybe some floral notes, maybe a little meatyness? Hard to tell.
Decent on the palate. Medium bodies or maybe a little more. Raspberry and cranberry. Tart red fruits, enjoyable. Some tannins give structure and help enable this wine's very good length on the finish. Good balance between the acid, fruit and tannins. Has a good combination of richness and easy drinking. Well made, just lacks a little bit of deliciousness that would make me go, wow!
This isn't a great bottle of wine but it is a good one. Scorewise, anywhere from 85 to 89 seems appropriate here. Three stars (3512 views)
| ||Tasted by pkatz on 11/3/2010 & rated 89 points: Still and outstanding bottle of wine at any price especially this one. No signs of fading. (3543 views)|
| ||Tasted by bcahill on 10/17/2010: Brought to Durga Puja celebration. Did not taste. (3580 views)|
| ||Tasted by Drugstore Cowboy on 10/6/2010 & rated 87 points: I think this has peaked and it is time to drink up. I taste more tannins than some of the other reviewers. Very little nose. This is not a wine that stands on its own; needs food, especially spicy food. Also, better the second day. (3642 views)|
| ||Tasted by clio_wine on 9/28/2010: Good. Sour cherry, leather and spice. Nicely dry and not overly tannic. Very good for the price. There's something about Monastrell by itself that asks you to keep your distance, but still grabs you and pulls you back in. I imagine that a bit of oak and a bit of age would help mellow this one and make it more approachable. Oak and age are expensive, however, so I might look around for a slightly more upscale Monastrell. <Wow/Very Good/Good/Fair/Plonk> (3620 views)|
| ||Tasted by bcmatthias on 9/11/2010 & rated 85 points: Decent for the price. (3608 views)|
| ||Tasted by bcmatthias on 6/1/2010 & rated 88 points: Very good for the price. Leathery and lingering. Dark cherry. (4262 views)|
| ||Tasted by Lobonick on 5/31/2010 & rated 89 points: Really beautiful wine. Mouthwatering cherry on the nose with a tart cherry on the palate along with pomegranate, dusty spice and leather. Good tannic grip and strong acidity to ct through strong flavors. A bit of a short finish, but really good QPR. Went really well with whole grain pasta, salmon, and indian spiced veggies. Not an easy meal to pair, but this wine did great! (4271 views)|
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Bodegas Castaño Producer website | Producer page on Importer website
The Wine Doctor's writeup of Bodega Castano.
Spain Vinos de España - Wines of Spain (Instituto Español de Comercio Exterior) | Wikipedia
Spain is the third largest wine producing nation in the world, occupying the majority of the Iberian Peninsula with vast diversity in climate, culture, and of course, wine. From inky, dark reds of the [Priorat] to dry, white Finos from Andalusia, Spain can easily boast of elaborating a wide variety of notable styles. Within Spain there are currently 62 demarcated wine regions, of which a handful have gained international recognition: [Rioja], Priorat and [Ribera del Duero]. Yet these regions are only a small sample of the high quality wines Spain produces. Regions such as Cava, Penedes, Somontano, Galicia, Rueda and Jerez are only a few of the numerous regions worthy of exploration throughout Spain. Spain can also lay claim to having the most land under vine in the world, growing up to, by some accounts, 600 indigenous varietals of which Tempranillo is their most well known. Other popular varietals include [Garnacha], Bobal and Monastrell for reds and for whites; the infamous Palomino Fino grape which is used in the production of sherry wine, Pedro Ximenez in Montilla Morilles, Albarino used in the creation of the bright, effervescent wines of Galicia, and Verdejo in Rueda. - Source: - Catavino.net
Spain is not in the forefront of winemaking for its dessert wines, other than for its sweet wines from Sherry country including the highly revered Olorosos and Amontillados. But apart from Sherry Spain has a range of styles of dessert wines, ranging from the those made from the Pedro Ximenez grape primarily in Jerez and Montilla-Moriles) to luscious, red dessert wines made in the Mediterranean from the Garnacha (Grenache) grape. Some good Moscatels are made in Mallorca, Alicante and Navarre. The northwest corner of Spain, Galicia, with its bitter Atlantic climate, is even making dessert wines, called “Tostadillos” in the village of Ribadivia (similar to France’s “Vin de Paille”). The Canary Islands have made interesting dessert wines for centuries (they are mentioned by Shakespeare, for example) and in recent years the quality of winemaking has been improved and the Canary Islands wines are being better marketed now. The winemaking styles for “Vinos Dulces” are also diverse, from “Late Harvest” (Vendimia Tardía) to “Fortified Wines” (Fermentación Parcial). Based on in-spain.info.
MurciaLocated in Southeastern Spain, the "lost" region of Yecla lies to the east of Jumilla and to the west of Alicante. Fortunately, this region was spared much of the wrath of the phylloxera plague, and many ungrafted and extremely old vines remain. The Yecla region’s progressive leader, Bodegas Castaño, has long been an advocate of the Monastrell varietal, also known as Mourvèdre. The varietal is best regarded for its influence on the wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape where the terroir and climate is not dissimilar to that of Yecla. Both benefit from a very warm, Mediterranean climate with warm days and nights.