Castano Solanera Monastrell Cabernet Yecla 2005
Wine Advocate Review Rated 91 No tasting note given. Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Review Rated 90 Saturated purple. Smoky raspberry and cherry on the nose, with a sexy mocha quality adding complexity. Fleshy, round dark fruit liqueur flavors caress rather than pummel the palate. Gentle tannins arrive late to add structure but this is all about silky, juicy fruit.
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.
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.
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.
from [URL=http://2daysperbottle.blogspot.com]2 Days per Bottle[/URL].Night OneThe nose on Night One starts with bright red fruit, cherries mostly, with a slight watermelon background. There is also a secondary smell of burnt rubber.There is greater complexity on the palate. The fruit is still red, but cherries are joined by tart cranberries and wild strawberries. Dusty leather tannins and some smokey meat join the attack. There are several flavors dancing around here, including coffee, cocoa, violets and licorice. Almond skins and cherry pits add a touch of bitterness on the finish. This is a very interesting wine, and an amazing QPR. I can hardly wait to see what happens over night and what it has to offer on Night Two.Night TwoOn Night Two, minerality leaps out of the glass with the first sniff. After than, cherries and a very clear strong smell of fresh-ground nutmeg follow the stones.The palate is mostly red fruit, tiny translucent wild cherries and strawberries, some cranberries and yes, some watermelon still lurking in the background. There is some minerality and the charred well-done end of a nice prime rib. Tannins are still fine and dusty. The mid-palate again adds a few fleeting flavors, cocoa, flowers and fennel. The finish is sweet and a touch bitter, like fruit, maple and cherry pits all together.This is good wine, amazingly deep and complex for under $10.
External Reviews for Castano Solanera Monastrell Cabernet Yecla
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.
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.
Castano Solanera 2005: Die brilliante kischrote Farbe mit violetten Reflexen erfüllt das Glas. Ein wunderbar komplexes Bukett aus Waldfrüchten, vor allem Heidelbeeren, und Lakritz erfreuen die Nase. Am Gaumen präsentiert er sich fleischig und mit intensiven, aber dennoch feinen Aromen von schwarzen Früchten. Ein toller Rotwein mit einer angenehmen Säure und grandioser Länge.Weingut: CastanoRegion: Murcia - YeclaRebsorte: 65% Monastrell, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Garnacha TintoreraInhalt: 0,75 lAlkoholgehalt: 14,5 Vol.%Säuregehalt: 5,25 g/lRestsüße: 2,25 g/lFassreife: in Barriques gereift (10 Monate)empfohlene Serviertemperatur: 16-18 °CAuszeichnungen:91/100 Punkte Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate Rotwein > Spanien > Murcia
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.
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.
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