‘This full-bodied, intense 2012 tastes like it should cost three to five times as much.’
– Robert Parker, 94 points
We don’t usually bank on Parker points, but the world’s most important critic definitely made us aware of this Spanish beauty. Not heavily endowed or overtly sweet, the 2012 Solanera Viñas Viejas (Old Vines) from Bodegas Castaño really impressed us with its fine tannins, depth and purity. This ‘amazing red’ (says Parker) is one for lovers of Cabernet Sauvignon-like, structured wines with long ageing potential. It is remarkable for the price!
Bodegas Castaño is situated in Yecla – an up-and-coming wine region that produces wines similar to those of Bandol in France, but with Spanish flair of course. Here, Monastrell (Mourvèdre) is the primary grape variety, and Bodegas Castaño is one of the region’s most respected producers.
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Even more remarkable is the 2012 Solanera Vinas Viejas, a blend of 70% Mourvedre, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Grenache aged 10 months in a combination of French and American oak… This amazing red wine displays notes of lead pencil shavings, acacia flowers, black raspberries, blueberries and black currants. This full-bodied, intense 2012 tastes like it should cost three to five times as much. Full-bodied, stunningly pure and textured, it should last for 4-5 years, possibly longer. – Robert Parker, 94 points