Bodegas Castaño Mourvedre Blend Yecla Solanera Viñas Viejas 2003
Takes 45 minutes to fully open up. Once it does, abundant cherry aromas with a bit of black tea and herbs. Muted palate, with cherries, mineral notes. Takes a while for the tannins to take a back seat. Not entirely integrated and doesn't quite hang together, but once its opened its an easy drinker. Had with steak and baked potatoes.
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There are 8,500 cases of the unfined, unfiltered, prodigious 2001 Solanera, a blend of 70% ungrafted, old vine Monastrell, and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a custom cuvée specifically bottled for the American importer, Eric Solomon. It spent nearly a year in French oak, 20% of which was new. Its opaque, inky purple color is followed by glorious aromas of blue and blackberries intermixed with graphite, minerals, smoke, and scorched earth. It is splendidly concentrated and full-bodied, with no hard edges. This extraordinary wine can be drunk now, and over the next 6-8 years. This is a cutting edge effort from one of Spain's backwater, but soon to be famous appellations.
(old-vines monastrell and cabernet sauvignon) Full, bright ruby. Superripe, slightly roasted aromas of candied cassis, leather, licorice, dark chocolate and meat. Dense, thick and concentrated, with noteworthy depth of flavor and a note of espresso; just this side of heavy. Finishes with big but sweet tannins.
The 2004 Solanera is a blend of 65% Monastrell, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Tintorera raised in French oak. More complex than its siblings, this purple-colored wine offers fragrant aromas of spice box, smoke, blueberry pie and blackberry liqueur. Full-bodied, the wine is plush and full-flavored with enough structure to support several years of additional bottle age. It should drink well for 8-10 years.
Dark ruby. Expressive redcurrant and strawberry aromas complemented by minerals and baking spices and a suave floral nuance. Very fresh red fruit flavors are nicely underpinned by juicy acidity and a note of licorice. Finishes dry, firmly structured, juicy and deep. This should sweeten up with a year of bottle age.
Monastrell, or Mourvèdre as it is more commonly known in French- and English-speaking parts of the globe, has a reputation for producing dry, tannic wines that occasionally reek of horse manure. Not so in sunny Spain, where a growing number of clean, berry-fruited offerings are turning up at bargain prices. This medium-weight Monastrell combines forward berry fruit with chocolate notes and just a hint of tree bark on the finish.
This wine has luscious flavors of ripe black and red fruits and is a full-bodied blast on the palate. Leather and earth kick in to add some backbone, and the mild astringency of the tannins keep you begging for more.