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2002 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/Mature
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$16.00
Alcohol %: 14
Description: best 2004-2007
Tasting Notes:
tasted: September 14, 2005 , John King
rated: April 11, 2004 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
90 points "There are 20,000 cases of the 2002 Solanera, a formidably endowed, chunky, rich, chocolatey, melted licorice, blackberry and black currant-scented wine. A deep ruby/purple color is followed by a medium to full-bodied red with loads of texture, and a luscious mid-palate revealing notions of scorched earth and black fruits. It is a sizeable effort with extremely ripe tannin, something only old vine, late harvested Mourvedre can achieve. It is a custom cuvee created only for the American marketplace, so bottles sold in Europe and in the grey market will be completely different. Enjoy it over the next 2-3 years, although my instincts suggest it will last longer." Best 2004-2007