Friday, May 11, 2012

Rating: **** $$ Bodegas Castano Hecula Monastrell, Yecla, Spain, 2005 - Wine Review

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Initial review, by way of background, December 2010: This is Bodegas Castano Hecula Monastrell, Yecla, Spain, 2005, finished at 14.5% alcohol.


In the glass: Deep burgundy to the edge of the glass, opaque from about a half inch in.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows bold stinky feet and thick black fruit.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are a full, peppery, raisiny middle - dark, balanced, spicy, rich and sleek all at once.  The finish is not particularly long, but lingers nicely and fades cleanly on the back of the high alcohol. 

In summary: Overall, just touches four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this an awesome best value.

With long decant, kept cool in partially filled bottle under vacuum:  The nose is much more muted, think stewed thick dry plums, no hint of stinky feet.  The palate moves towards the redder range of fruit, but still bringing pepper and raisins.  The fullness seemed more apparent with the briefer decant.  Even longer decant, another couple of days kept cool in partially filled bottle with no vacuum:  Thinner in the nose and less concentrated on the palate.  Drink fresh.
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Updated review, over a year later,   May, 2012:  Deep full red, some brick hints, not opaque any loner.  Softer, old world layering on the nose, lightly fresh fruity, lightly stewed.  Fresh wild pepper on the palate, with clean, bold attack for the finish. Still vibrant at 7 years from vintage date, but drink up now.  Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Balanced, mid-red nose.  Sweet and vibrant pepper.  Yummy still. 

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