Sunday, March 7, 2010

***+ $ Castillo Real Monastrell, 2006, Bullas, Spain - Wine Review and Rating

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Original Review, August, 2009: Castillo Real is a varietal monastrell from the emerging region of Bullas, Spain. This is a high-altitude area in Southern spain, characterized by long, hot days and cool nights. Castillo Real tips in a 14.0% alcohol. Remember that monastrell wines in Spain are from the same grape as the mourvedre wines of France.

In the glass, Castillo Real, 2007, is deep, dark red. Aromas are bold, like a purple oil slick. Also a nice deep black-cherry-medicine element going on as a secondary characteristic.

On the palate, a ripe prune fruit bomb hits first, square in the middle of your mouth. That slides down the sides of your cheeks in a potent, lightly acidic, lightly tannic, robe. Finish is powerful and somewhat layered, levered by the higher alcohol layer.

Three stars on the Spirit of Wine scale, but I'll add a plus because I feel this has some interesting aging potential too. A remarkable find for a "practically free" wine - best value.

Updated review, approximately nine months later, March, 2010:  Aromas show bold red cherries now.  Silty tannins still follow a prune attack on the palate.  This is even showing an element of hot cocoa milk chocolate now.  Holding up very well to time in bottle.

Following a three-day decant under vacuum in a partially-opened bottle:  held up very well to the long decant too.  Turning a bit brighter red.

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1 comment:

  1. Looks like another great Spanish value. I just wrote an article om my wine and food blog on red wine in Spain - they have some of the best values in the world these days.