I’m always on the lookout for new arrivals in the value section so I was enthusiastic when I saw the arrival of Castaño Monastrell 2011. Castaño is a well-recognized consistent producer of excellent value wines, and I tend to find Monastrell [Mourvѐdre] a captivating glass. Founded by Ramon Castaño Santa and his 3 sons, Bodegas Castaño consists of nearly 450 hectares of vineyards across the Yecla region in southeastern Spain. The family estate has helped revitalize winemaking in Yecla with their innovative spirit, emphasis on tradition and the use of indigenous grape varieties, specifically Monastrell which is known as “the king variety in Yecla”.
Deep inky red-violet in colour, after aerating aromas of summer wildflowers and balsamic rose from the glass. Tart black cherry and red current flavours were supported by smooth black tea tannins in the medium body. Spicy white pepper joined traces of fennel and black cherry notes in the moderate finish. Simple and straightforward, this is a good value and pleasant companion for a wide variety of dishes.
Estate Bottled by Bodegas Castaño
Enjoy now thru 2014