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Bodegas Castano Gran Decarado Monastrell 2004

February 21, 2008

img_4168.jpgI’ve tasted my way through quite some French Mourvèdre blends last week and regarding the fact that with more than 100,000 hectares this is Spain’s second most planted variety, the journey continues at the other side of the Pyrénées. Commonly known as Monastrell, it is the main black grape variety in DOS as Alicante, Almansa, Valencia and Yecla. Bodagas Castaño is the most significant producer in the latter with 400 hectares of vines of which two thirds are Monastrell. Not shunning innovative blends with varieties as Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the bodega’s single varietal Monastrell is undoubtedly my favourite. Deep purple in colour it offers a charming nose with aromas of blueberry, plum, liquorice, game, earth and a hint of ash. The same themes appear on an impeccable clean palate which is loaded with fine, mouthcoating tannins that gradually grow more assertive towards the finish. Ten months maturation in American oak add spice and structure while fresh acidity balances the richness of the fruit. A lovely, well made wine that drinks perfectly now. 88 points 

Source: Toro Wines  Price: $25  Drink: Now-2010