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Bodegas Castano Hecula 2008

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

Very good is the 1999 Hecula, a blend of 70% Mourvedre, 20% Tempranillo, and 10% Merlot aged six months in new American oak prior to being bottled without filtration. It is a special cuvée selected for the American importer. The 1999 Hecula boasts an opaque black-purple color resembling ink more than wine. The bouquet offers terrific aromas of melted licorice, pain grillé, blackberry liqueur, and minerals. Spectacularly concentrated, thick, unctuously-textured, and seamless, this amazing effort rivals the 2000 Vitiano as possibly the world's greatest single wine bargain. It should drink well for 5-7 years.

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From that moment onward, Ramon did not stop making improvements. It was in the early 80s when he bought the first bottling plant. During the 90's, participation in trade fairs, tastings, and market research trips began with the full incorporation of his three sons: Ramon, Juan Pedro, and Daniel. It was during this period that the recognition and appreciation, both national and internation... Read more
From that moment onward, Ramon did not stop making improvements. It was in the early 80s when he bought the first bottling plant. During the 90's, participation in trade fairs, tastings, and market research trips began with the full incorporation of his three sons: Ramon, Juan Pedro, and Daniel. It was during this period that the recognition and appreciation, both national and internationally, arrived. The courage and determination of a man deeply rooted began to bear fruit. The development of Bodegas Castano is unstoppable, and the improvements are never-ending. The most recent of these was completed in 2002 with the construction of state-of-the-art storage premises: completely air-conditioned, with a new cooling chamber. Read less

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External Reviews for Bodegas Castano Hecula

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Very good is the 1999 Hecula, a blend of 70% Mourvedre, 20% Tempranillo, and 10% Merlot aged six months in new American oak prior to being bottled without filtration. It is a special cuvée selected for the American importer. The 1999 Hecula boasts an opaque black-purple color resembling ink more than wine. The bouquet offers terrific aromas of melted licorice, pain grillé, blackberry liqueur, and minerals. Spectacularly concentrated, thick, unctuously-textured, and seamless, this amazing effort rivals the 2000 Vitiano as possibly the world's greatest single wine bargain. It should drink well for 5-7 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

A modern-style offering from the up-and-coming region of Yecla, near Alicante. The grape used is Monastrell, aka Mourvèdre. It's bold and packed with blackberry, pepper and other spices. It's the perfect wine to enjoy with barbeque, stews or roasts. This wine busted onto the scene just a couple of years ago, earning acolades for its full flavors and overall character. For the price, it's a big-time bargain.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Perched atop high peaks in southeastern Spain (D.O. Yecla), this 100% Monastrell (Mourvèdre) demonstrates classic old world charm at an amazing price. There's conservative use of French oak permitting alluring notes of plum, black cherry and toast to resonate. Firm tannins and fully extracted with plenty of acidity to maintain the lively fruit through the finish.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

The 2004 Hecula is a single vineyard selection of 100% Monastrell, 50% tank aged and 50% aged in French oak. It is slightly less ebullient but more serious than its younger sibling. Exhibiting aromas of toasty black fruits with milk chocolate in the background, this is a super-rich effort with terrific depth and concentration for its humble price. It is a remarkable value for drinking over the next few years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

The 1999 Hecula is a blend of 70% Mourvedre, 20% Tempranillo, and 10% Merlot aged six months in new American oak prior to being bottled with no filtration. It exhibits an opaque black color, and a dense, chewy, muscular personality with copious quantities of licorice-infused blackberry fruit, saddle leather, and roasted meat aromas as well as flavors.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

The 2001 Hecula (4,500 cases) was fashioned from 100% Monastrell (Mourvèdre), non-irrigated, 40-year old vines. It was bottled with neither fining nor filtration after spending eight months in used French and American barrels. This amazing red possesses sweetness, suppleness, and superb purity, no small accomplishment for the normally astringent, tough-textured Mourvedre. Notes of graphite, blackberries, cassis, leather, barbecue spice, and smoke are followed by an earthy, rich, full-bodied, silky-textured wine that caresses the palate. It should drink well for 4-5 years. This is a cutting edge effort from one of Spain's backwater, but soon to be famous appellations.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

The 2008 Hecula is 100% Monastrell sourced from 35- to 60-year-old vines and aged 50% in tank and 50% in French oak. Purple-colored, it offers up a compelling nose of underbrush, pepper, and blueberry. Ripe, sweetly-fruited, and forward, this crowd-pleaser can be enjoyed now and over the next 4 years.


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