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Bodegas Castaño White Blend Yecla Macabeo/Chardonnay 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 blend of 50% Macabeo and 50% Chardonnay is Light gold in colour with apple and melon perfumes on the nose with a hint of nuts. On the palate there is a hint of tropical fruit from the ripe, barrel-fermented Chardonnay which balances the lifted freshness of the zesty Macabeo.
Editorial Reviews for Bodegas Castaño White Blend Yecla Macabeo/Chardonnay
Spicy on the nose with notes of licorice, green anise seed, green peppercorn, mint, and lightly roasted blackcurrant and black berry fruit. This enters the mouth with notes of sandalwood and tobacco, wrapped in roasted dark cherry and blackberry fruit. The mid-palate is round and supple, though it is underpinned by significant tannins. While fairly powerful and a touch dense, this retains a certain subtlety to it, layering earthy flavors between notes of vanilla, dark fruit, coffee grinds, licorice and a little juniper spice. There is nothing elegant about this wine and it ends with a little heat and formidable if ripe tannins, but this is quite appealing for its restrained example of what Monastrell can deliver. 88pts
Good nutty spiciness on the nose, with dark berries. The mouth is mildly tannic, but not enough to hold the shape, and the life of the wine is cut short. I would like it if the wine was bolder, since there are some good redeemable aromatics in there.
On the scrounge during a hectically short lunch break, I came upon a perennial favorite at an unusual bargain-basement price. This above average Monastrell has an inviting deep, black robe redolent of blueberry, is well balanced on entry with some character poking through and yes - even structure for a couple more years in the cellar! Viva España! Buy by the case and seek out the even better 2009 vintage. 88 points
Recently purchased at $7.95. Medium-bodied wine with dark red cherry color. Smooth on the palate with mild tannins. A bit of spice and fruit on the palate. Nice everyday wine.
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.
Have to agree with carpita, i do wish this wine was bolder. the mild tannins went beautifully with the whole wheat baquette and vermont white cheddar and bleu cheese i paired with this wine. if you havent tried it this way i highly recommend it, brings a whole new life to the wine. side note, i baked the cheese for 5 minutes at 425 in the oven before serving, really allowed the cheese to open up and the wine just delved right in to really complement
Nice beefy wine
Monastrell is my favorite grape. Why they had to add fruit juice, seriously - fruit juice to this wine is beyond me. great dissapointment.
External Reviews for Bodegas Castaño White Blend Yecla Macabeo/Chardonnay
Tintige Farbe mir schwarzer Mitte. Zimtkirschen und süsser Tabak in der pflaumigen Nase, auch Nelken und Heidelbeeren. Saftiger Auftakt mit reifen Tanninen und samtiger Textur, Speckpflaumen und Brombeergelee, typische Monastrell-Wärme und Lebkuchen bis ins zartcremige Finale.
Dark purple. Luscious blackberry and blueberry aromas are at once expansive and precise, with sexy floral and spice qualities adding complexity. Juicy dark fruit flavors deliver a sexy wallop of sweetness, with no rough edges or animal, earth or herbal character. This very fresh wine finishes with impressive cling and length. And the price is unreal.
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Dietary Information: Organic
|Sugar: 2.80 g/l grams per liter|
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