Bodegas Castano Solanera Vinas Viejas 2012
It was very good and full bodied but the 2005 vintage I got had a lot of sediment. So it coated my mouth a lot. Tasted at Total Wine Tasting and purchased for at home. I don't know if I would get it again, but I like the blend. It's very complex.
Deep purple red with my grandmas spice box that she used to baked cookies with on the nose. Seriously, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove which morphs into black pepper, all of which sits on a palate of mysterious dark fruits. Really a fun wine to keep my nose buried in. In the mouth this wine is rich, dense, and full of similar ideas of which the nose is willing to share. Amazing acidity and great spice, with tannins that coat and yet act as a framework to the wine more than an act unto themselves. This is a rich wine, that I would think in 5yrs would be even better, integrating the rich dark fruits with myriad spices. Fun wine, and seriously worth the money.
Dark purple wine, rich in color, showing rich and aromatic notes of black raspberry, blueberry, dark chocolate, wait, no, mocha, spice box and black pepper. Basically, think exotic and dark! In the mouth, the acidity immediately leaps out at me, then slowly ebbs away leaving rich dark spice and mineral flavors. Gripping, but not overwhelming, tannins, blend well into this powerhouse of a wine. I see great potential for this wine in the future.
Good, dark berries up front with some dryness on the backend. Bouquet had a lot going on. Fruity, floral, kinda ballsy.
Vanilla and black fruit nose. Vanilla for miles. Nice tartness, a good bit of refreshing acidity, wooded, tannic, with lingering dark chocolate on the finish.
Decanted 0 to 30 mins. Rustic, big, and somewhat complex. I think the cab sauv and monastrell and alicante mix in an odd way - a bit more noise than harmony, but not unpleasant. Wine reminds me of a French "Sud" wine only with bigger fruit. Nose of powdery cocoa, earth, and minty herb (or forest floor) with hints of spice and oak. On the attack has quite strong slightly sour fruit (cherry and plum and red currant), vegetal, spice (pepper), and hints of meat and stone (or mineral) which continue into the mid-palate. Finishes with a pucker factor of sour fruit, oak, and a hint of bitterness or acridness in a thin tannic wrapper. Medium plus body, acid, and tannin. Off dry. A big wine that would pair with hearty meat dishes, spicy but with only light tomato sauces. A hearty curry might work. 65% monastrell, 20% cab sauv, 15% alicante bouschet.
Two days vacu-corked in the fridge and this wine became much smoother and better integrated with incredibly deep rich fruit and a better nose and heavier body. Balance favors the fruit for sure. More obvious chocolate and spice. Rustic, not elegant wine but super tasty and rich without being sweet. I'm guessing the monastrell, to a lesser extent the cab sauv, benefit from the air time. Probably needs 4 to 8 hrs decanting at room temp for similar results. For the price I will buy again, maybe twice.
External Reviews for Bodegas Castano Solanera Vinas Viejas
WA 90 IWC 90 Pts - Winemaker's Notes - Solenara is a special cuv e that includes fruit from Casta o's oldest Monastrell blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante Bouschet). It is aged in French oak for close to a year (only 20% of which is new) before being bottled without fining or filtration.
Solenara is a special cuv e that includes fruit from Casta o's oldest Monastrell blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante Bouschet). It is aged in French oak for close to a year (only 20% of which is new) before being bottled without fining or filtration.
Opaque purple. Powerful, seductively perfumed bouquet displays scents of blackberry, blueberry, dried flowers, incense and minerals. Deep but lively, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors and a sexy violet pastille quality. Supple tannins gain strength with air and add grip to an impressively sweet, persistent finish. Very energetic and delicious right now.
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 8ndash;10 years.
There are 20,000 cases of the 2002 Solanera, a formidably endowed, chunky, rich, chocolatey, melted licorice, blackberry and black currant-scented wine. A deep ruby/purple color is followed by a medium to full-bodied red with loads of texture, and a luscious mid-palate revealing notions of scorched earth and black fruits. It is a sizeable effort with extremely ripe tannin, something only old vine, late harvested Mourvedre can achieve. It is a custom cuvee created only for the American marketplace, so bottles sold in Europe and in the grey market will be completely different. Enjoy it over the next 2ndash;3 years, although my instincts suggest it will last longer.
This is a custom cuvee made for American importer Eric Solomon, so the wine sold in other markets will be different blends and/or selections. There are 12,000 cases of the brilliant 2003 Solanera, a beautiful blend of 75% Mourvedre and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by a smoky, scorched earth-scented nose displaying notions of black cherry jam, licorice, and truffles. Ripe and medium to full-bodied, with wonderful sweetness (from glycerin and dry extract), it possesses purity, suppleness, and balance. It is another example of why Spain is beating virtually every other viticultural area in the world when it comes to high quality wines that sell for a song. Enjoy it over the next 2ndash;3 years.
Monastrell, or Mourvegrave;dre 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.