Decanted 2 hours.Nearly opaque with a thin clear rim. Well composed and complex aromas include licorice, tarragon and earth--all nicely integrated and polished. Sweet black and red fruit flavors are perfectly harmonious and feature some sappy but elegant herb-tinged fruit, gorgeous texture and a long bright finish. Very impressive. Drink now through 2014.
Though Mourvèdre is a grape with Spanish roots, where it is known as Monastrell, it is most closely associated with the South of France and the Bandol appelation in particular, where the grape produces rich, powerful wines that retain rustic tannins partnered with dark, wild berry flavors and gamy, leathery nuances. It is also commonly called Mataro in California
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(Castano Solanera) Nice nose of spicy bacon bits, oak, black cherries, currants, black licorice and mint. The palate is very impressive. Jammy like a Zinfandel with huge, ripe extracted fruit. Incredibly concentrated. Shows a little heat, but the bottle is cold right now and has only been open for ten minutes. I really was floored by the level of concentration for a wine at this pricepoint.
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