WTN: `01 Bodegas Castano Monastrell Yecla Hecula.
This much-talked about wine comes from Yecla, in S Spain, and it created a lot of press by RP on release. I never thought it was worth such a high rating, its an entry level wine from a little known region. 14% alc, Monastrell is known as Mourvedre elsewhere.
My original tasting notes mention brambly/currants/dry/leather/spicy oak/not too smooth/rustic and i wonder about the future. So here goes.........!
Color. Medium red-ruby with fair intense centre. Showing some light brick on rim. Big clinging legs.
Nose. Bit of heat on the nose here, but lots of fruit gushing out of glass. Redcurrant, floral, hint of that meatyness (mourvedre).
Palate. Opened an hour, not decanted with some sediment spotted at end of bottle. Initial entry is low tannin, dry, earthy. Not much has changed eh.Medium-bodied, good spice but could use some more fruit. "Some heat here" thought one taster, others commented "nothing special but not a fan of Spain".
To me, its all average stuff and sure there are better examples around.