2005 Bodegas Castano "Hecula" Yecla (Previously $10)

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90 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky violet. Deep cherry and cassis aromas complicated by an array of floral, mineral and herbal nuances. Powerful dark fruit flavors are firmed by solid tannins and lifted by gentle minerality. Picks up smoked meat and anise notes on the long, chewy finish. This could be a Bandol. Is the average buyer at this price point ready for this? Another amazing value." (Sept/Oct 2007) 90 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (No tasting note was given) (Feb. 2008) There are some wines that are out there that seem to always hit the nail right on the head. Year in, year out, they have the ability to wow you with their consistency and sheer deliciousness. The Bodegas Castano Hecula has always been one of these wines for me. As long as I have been drinking wine this has over-delivered in the value category. 100% Monastrell (Mourvedre) from Yecla, in the south-east of Spain, this is full of spiced beef, chocolaty oak and slick blackberry fruit. Lengthy, ultimately spicy at its core and with plenty of slick mouth coating fruit this will be sure to please. A pretty darn good deal for a sawbuck. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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 By: Michael Sojka |  Review Date: 6/4/2010 
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Sshh, don't tell anyone - just buy a case for yourself first. I was not believing the hype, but, bought a bottle to check it out anyways. When I opened the bottle there was the rich aroma wafting out of the bottle of glycerin. I smelled the cork and thought it was slightly on the "corky" side and was prepared for something not so nice. I smelled the bottle again and it smelled really good. Dark red color in the glass and a nose like a $30+ bottle of wine. A few swishes and taste and I was surprised how smooth this went down. There is some spice, sandalwood, and tannin backbone with cherry and blackberry fruit coming through. Great wine for the price.
Drink from 2010 to 2013

 By: SKC |  Review Date: 5/22/2010 
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Dark dark inky purple with a lovely bouquet. Very spicy, a hint of beef jerky, a little cassis. Significant tannins, heavy smoke and bitter chocolate. Not overly fruity. medium (medium short) finish. Overwhelmed grilled chicken on the first day, but it was a good match with a hearty pasta dish. Did not do so well sitting out in the glass. Overall: Savory, dense, and spicy, not that complex, but high QPR for heartier fare.

 By: Mike Callahan |  Review Date: 7/9/2009 
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This is a medium bodied wine with great flavor and finish. It drinks well by itself and will stand up to ribs, steak and other hearty meats. I prefer to just enjoy the taste and not worry about what to serve with it.

 By: Paul Burt |  Review Date: 5/13/2009 
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This is a big meaty wine. Full bore blueberry, currant and big tannins...this wine is comparible to those that cost 4-5 times as much. This will sit in the cellar for 3-5 years and drink well for 5-7. Goes well with steak, especially grilled, and hearty beef dishes. Can't believe the QPR for this wine. Amazing. Decant.
Drink from 2007 to 2012

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Varietal:

Mourvedre

- Also called Monastrell and Mataro, Mourvèdre is most famous for the ruby-hued wines of Provence's Bandol region, known for their spicy, gamey, blackberry character, though the grape is grown throughout Provence and the Southern Rhône. Thought to have originated in Spain, it is second only to Grenache in vine acres, with the best examples found in Rioja, Alicante and Penedès.
Country:

Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.