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2003 Castaño Solanera Vinas Viejas (750ml)
Producer: Bodegas Castaño bodegascastano.com
Appellation: Yecla - Murcia - Spain (DO)
Type: red
Varietal: Monastrell - Cabernet Sauvignon - Alicante Bouschet
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$16.00
Tasting Notes:
tasted: October 26, 2006 , John King
"removed via inventory"
tasted: November 25, 2009 , from a member
4 stars "Very nice wine. I decanted it for an hour or so before taking it to the restaurant. I'd drink this wine with anything!"
rated: June 27, 2005 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
91 points "This is a custom cuvee made for American importer Eric Solomon, so the wine sold in other markets will be different blends and/or selections. There are 12,000 cases of the brilliant 2003 Solanera, a beautiful blend of 75% Mourvedre and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by a smoky, scorched earth-scented nose displaying notions of black cherry jam, licorice, and truffles. Ripe and medium to full-bodied, with wonderful sweetness (from glycerin and dry extract), it possesses purity, suppleness, and balance. It is another example of why Spain is beating virtually every other viticultural area in the world when it comes to high quality wines that sell for a song. Enjoy it over the next 2-3 years." Best 2005-2008
rated: November 30, 2006 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
86 points "This firm red has a hard shell of tannins, but there's juicy blackberry fruit inside, with chocolate and light earthy accents. Needs food to soften. Mourvèdre and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2009. 12,000 cases imported. –TM " Best 2006-2009
rated: January 6, 2008 , WSM
92 points