2007 Bodegas Castano "Solanera Vinas Viejas" Yecla

SKU #1092894 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2007 Solanera is a blend of 60% Monastrell, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Garnacha Tintorera (aka Alicante Bouschet) raised in 500-liter French oak. Dark ruby-colored with a brooding, smoky black and blue fruit bouquet, on the palate it is dense, rich, and mouth-filling. This outstanding value over-delivers in a big way.  (4/ 2010)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 60% monastrell and 20% each of garnacha tintorera and cabernet sauvignon) Opaque purple. Powerful, seductively perfumed bouquet displays scents of blackberry, blueberry, dried flowers, incense and minerals. Deep but lively, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors and a sexy violet pastille quality. Supple tannins gain strength with air and add grip to an impressively sweet, persistent finish. Very energetic and delicious right now.  (9/ 2009)

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 By: Mike McCarty |  Review Date: 6/7/2012 
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Get this while you can. I agree with Parker's and Tanzer's reviews. For the price wine doesn't get better. Violets and sweet fruits in the nose, medium-full in the mouth with a nice acid backbone that keeps it alive on the finish. Just brought it home and it is great with the Brie and crackers I'm having before dinner.

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Other Red Wines

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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.