2012 Bodegas Castaño "Hécula" Monastrell Yecla

SKU #1182999 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The basic offering from proprietor Ramon Castano Santa, who owns a whopping 1,000 acres in Yecla, is the 2012 Hecula, which is sourced from a non-irrigated, single vineyard planted with 100% Monastrell. Aged in both tank and French oak, it comes from 60-80-year-old vines planted in limestone soils at a relatively high elevation of over 1,600 feet. Its opaque purple color is followed by copious aromas of blueberries, black raspberries, camphor, licorice, white flowers and a chalky limestone/dusty character. Full-bodied, rich and well-balanced, it is an incredible value. These two remarkable cuvees have been reviewed favorably in the past, but the 2012s seem to ratchet up the quality to even more impressive levels. (RP)  (11/2013)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2016 | Send Email
This perennial best buy is on its "A" game in 2012, a vintage that was especially successful in southeastern Spain for its climatically even nature, not quite as hot as usual. After nearly a year in bottle, I'm coming back to this Monastrell and still finding licorice and black pepper aromas, with fruits that are more red than dark, in particular think cranberry or pomegranate. On the palate the slightly toasty elements are integrating nicely, and there is still a clear underpinning of calcareous driven minerality. Still a terrific value at under $10. and one to buy in quantity.

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2016 | Send Email
Silky, dark-fruited, and loaded with sweet oak spice, this little wine is sure to please! The wine far outshines the price point, and would be an excellent choice for holiday parties or weddings.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/23/2015 | Send Email
Big, powerful, inky black / blue wine overflowing with juicy dark fruit, chocolate coated blueberries and sweet spice. Saturated and full-bodied but with a nice fresh lift and brightness thanks mostly to the region's limestone rich soil. A solid value for fans of these old vine Monastrell bottlings that often deliver a whole lot of wine for the money.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/16/2015 | Send Email
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Another ridiculous value from Bodegas Castano, the 2012 Hecula is a screaming value! Bright and zesty with spicy notes and a touch of white pepper, this wine has wonderful flavors of red fruit, licorice, hints of bitter chocolate with subtle pepper and mineral notes. A terrific value, this wine is the perfect everyday drinker that can go seamlessly go from an aperitif wine to meal-worthy with almost any fare and not miss a beat.
Top Value! Drink from 2015 to 2018

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- 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.


- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14