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Bodegas Castaño White Blend Yecla Macabeo/Chardonnay 2008

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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.

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Bodegas Castaño:
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

Editorial Reviews for Bodegas Castaño White Blend Yecla Macabeo/Chardonnay

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,827
3.50 5
10/24/2012

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


Member Reviews for Bodegas Castaño White Blend Yecla Macabeo/Chardonnay

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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
3.00 5
12/26/2009

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.


Snooth User: zufrieden
2593863,866
3.50 5
09/27/2013

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


Snooth User: r sprezzatura
354247747
3.00 5
04/19/2010

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.


Snooth User: The Wine Teacher
270519201
4.00 5
05/09/2010

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.


Snooth User: bartholomute
35054067
3.50 5
01/10/2010

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


Snooth User: windybagpipe
69491350
4.00 5
12/27/2010

Nice beefy wine


Snooth User: chambalkirani
22976729
1.00 5
12/21/2010

Monastrell is my favorite grape. Why they had to add fruit juice, seriously - fruit juice to this wine is beyond me. great dissapointment.


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External Reviews for Bodegas Castaño White Blend Yecla Macabeo/Chardonnay

External Review
05/20/2011

ST: 88 Points


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
12/20/2011

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.


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09/19/2010

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.


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
04/21/2010

Rubinrote Farbe, intensive Aromen schwarzer Kirschen, Heidel-, Brom- und Johannisbeeren. Am Gaumen fruchtig, frisch mit lebhaften, gut eingebundenen Tanninen, angenehmer Abgang.



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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.

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Dietary Information: Organic

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Sugar: 2.80 g/l grams per liter

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