Bodegas Castaño Monastrell Yecla Hécula 2008
The Castaño family has 410 hectares of vineyards in Yecla in south eastern Spain. They have steadily improved quality over the last few years and modernised their style. They symbolise the best of what southern Spain has to offer: rich, warm climate wines made from grapes grown at altitude and transformed into robustly modern wines. This Monastrell wine is deep, cherry red in colour, with complex aromas of raspberry, mulberry and liquorice. On the palate it shows juicy blackberry flavours, squashy acidity, soft and rounded tannins, and a long finish. A fantastically tasty red wine, excellently paired with stews, dark fruit desserts and a variety of cheeses.
According to the tag in the liquor store, this vintage was highly rated. Initially, I disagreed, but after decanting and allowing for sufficient breathing time, this wine opened up nicely. Ruby red in colour with medium intensity. An appealing nose showing blackberry, spice leather and forest floor. Well balanced with soft tannins. The flavours follow the nose. A medium finish.
Nice beefy wine