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92 Ratings
Bodegas Castano Hécula Monastrell

Wine Details

Varietal

Monastrell

Style

Red

Region

Spain

Wine Description

"Inky violet. Deep cherry and cassis aromas complicated by an array of floral, mineral and herbal nuances. Powerful dark fruit flavors are firmed by solid tannins and lifted by gentle minerality. Pick...

International Wine Cellar 90

The Wine Advocate 90

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    Deep cherry and cassis aromas complicated by an array of floral, mineral and herbal nuances. Powerful dark fruit flavors are firmed by solid tannins and lifted by gentle minerality.

    about 10 years
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    strong (maybe too strong) start. Second glass left bitter aftertaste on the back of the tongue. Won't be buying again.

    over 10 years
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    light, easy to drink. good with food. an everyday type wine

    almost 10 years
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    very dry.

    over 10 years
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    over 10 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Advocate
    (2008 Vintage) "The 2008 Hecula is 100% Monastrell sourced from 35- to 60-year-old vines and aged 50% in tank and 50% in French oak. Purple-colored, it offers up a compelling nose of underbrush, pepper, and blueberry. Ripe, sweetly-fruited, and forward, this crowd-pleaser can be enjoyed now and over the next 4 years." 89 points - Jay Miller - Wine AdvocateWINE:"From the ancient Roman name for the region (Yecla) - 'Hecula'. This wine is 100% Monastrell. The fruit is sourced from the non-irrigated 'Las Gruesas...
  • Wine Advocate
    (2002 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 152 on Apr-04
  • Robert Parker
    (2004 Vintage) "The 2004 Hecula is a single vineyard selection of 100% Monastrell, 50% tank aged and 50% aged in French oak. It is slightly less ebullient but more serious than its younger sibling. Exhibiting aromas of toasty black fruits with milk chocolate in the background, this is a super-rich effort with terrific depth and concentration for its humble price. It is a remarkable value for drinking over the next few years."
  • Ken's Wine Guide
    (2004 Vintage) This wine opens with an interesting tobacco and ashtray like aroma. On the palate, this medium bodied wine is very well balanced and has concentrated fruit flavors. This wine would pair well with b...
  • Wine Advocate
    (2004 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 169 on Feb-07