Monday, June 29, 2009

2005 Bodegas Castano "Hecula"


You can grab this right now at Costco in So Cal for 9$, which is insane. This wine is scary good for how inexpensive it is. It's the vinous equivalent of tacos from a hole in the wall place...There's so much going on in this wine, it's tough to start somewhere. 100% Monastrell, which is also known as Mouvedre in France (the grape they make Bandol out of). Its from Yecla, in Southeastern Spain. Aromatically, this is a dense, dark effort that has a lot of minerals, licorice, blackberries, and spice. There's a lot of other stuff too, but using too many adjectives in a string of superlatives can be boring...Once in the mouth, this wine continues on the spicy, blackberry, licorice path. There's a good finish too that has chocolate character and licorice.

I like this wine a lot. Of course, it's no surprise because it's imported by Eric Solomon...I'm going to go back and buy a couple of cases of this wine. It's miles better than the Luzon. For the price, I don't know if this can be beat. Scary good. Only 9$? A+

7 comments:

Sam said...

Couldn't find it at San Jose area Costco's. K&L (Hollywood) has some though. Jeff, what's the Costco item number?

Jeff said...

Not sure what the item number is, but Bay Area and LA regions of Costco have different buyers. Next time I'm in Costco (I was going to go tonight) I'll look for you. You can order bottles online from K&L Hollywood and have them will-called to Redwood City for free I believe if you can't find it anywhere else...

Jeff said...

The item number is 600967. Let me know if you manage to track down a couple of bottles and what you think.

Jeff

Sam said...

Thanks Jeff. I'll see if there's any available locally. I ordered one bottle of 2005 Bodegas Castano "Solanera Vinas Viejas" from K&L. Sounds like good stuff.

Jeff said...

Let me know if it's any good after you have it...

Bryan said...

....but Yecla is pretty far south (SE) in Spain....the north is either Basque Country Rioja or Galicia.....

Jeff said...

Dude. You're totally right. I looked on a map, but maybe I guess I wasn't really paying attention. Looking at it again, it really looks more like Eastern Spain to me (as opposed to Southern). Thanks for informing me and teaching me something new.