2005 Bodegas Castano "Solanera Vinas Viejas" Yecla (Previously $14)

SKU #1037599

91 points and listed as a "Spanish Wine Bargain Under $20" by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, no tasting note given. 90 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated purple. Smoky raspberry and cherry on the nose, with a sexy mocha quality adding complexity. Fleshy, round dark fruit liqueur flavors caress rather than pummel the palate. Gentle tannins arrive late to add structure but this is all about silky, juicy fruit." (Sept/Oct '07)

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 By: ElRemaro |  Review Date: 12/20/2011 
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My wife and I opened a bottle of this wine yesterday and finished it tonight. We liked it very much. We enjoyed it as much tonight as yesterday, and left it out at room temperature, probably about 60 degrees F. as we keep our house cool in the winter. The price tag on the bottle said we paid $5.91 for it. It has probably been in our wine storage closet for several years. This closet is definitely not a wine cellar. The temperature gets over 70 degrees in the summer, but this bottle of wine held up well. I am tempted to get another bottle to see if it is still this good next year.
Drink from 2011 to 2011

 By: Mo Fiorina |  Review Date: 11/19/2010 
If you're not an oak lover, avoid this wine. Ug.

 By: Mike Callahan |  Review Date: 11/16/2010 
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WOW! What a bargain at this price. I see that other reviews suggest that you drink it immediately or let it have some air time. I have tried both and I find it works both ways. So either drink it upon opening or let it sit for a while, but do give it a try. As one reviewer noted, storage may be important if you are planning to hold this wine for any length of time.

 By: Tyrone |  Review Date: 10/13/2010 
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I've had several bottles of this. This wine is excellent, among the best I've had, right after the cork is removed. It is very tannic, but that is very well balanced by the amount of fruit it has. It seems very fragile though. Aafter just one day of storage with private preserve, both using a fridge, and without a fridge, all the fruit disappears, and it turns into a dog strangling tannic mess. The same thing happens after storing an unopened bottle on the shelf for a month (presumably due to the heat). So, drink this right after you buy it, or keep it a temperature controlled fridge. And when you do pull the cork, finish it as fast as possible.
Drink from 2010 to 2010

 By: JWF |  Review Date: 9/4/2010 
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Notably better with 5 hrs air and second day. If you're a fan of Mourvedre, Monastrall etc this is an outrageous QPR. I remember drinking the 2003 version of this earlier this year and it was fantastic so you might want to lose a few bottles for a couple of years.

9/4/10: I have to say that we may have a Jekyl & Hyde wine here. I have sampled four different bottles in the last week and there seems to be a LOT of bottle variation. The second bottle that I sampled was seriously in the 92-93pt range and prompted me to buy another case. The fourth bottle however is more in the 83-84pt area. First and third bottles were 88-89pt efforts that got much better the second day. Perplexing when you just don't know what you're getting.
Drink from 2010 to 2015

 By: Paul Blumenstein |  Review Date: 8/13/2010 
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Another great everyday wine. Earthy, spicy, not overpowering.

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Varietal:

Other Red Wines

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.