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Castaño Solanera Viñas Viejas 2013 Wine Review

Castaño Solanera Viñas Viejas 2013

Castaño Solanera Viñas Viejas 2013

Yecla D.O., Spain

Community Score:89/100

Community Reviews: 12

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Price: $17.95

Drink: 2014-2018

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14%

Sweetness: Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Castaño

Agent: Azureau Wine Agency

Natalie's Score: 90/100

Tanned leather, dried herbs and dried red fruit on the nose and palate of this attractive Spanish red wine. The Yecla wine region is in southern Spain and is an emerging area to watch for quality wines. This wine is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% low-yield Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% low-yield Garnacha. The wine is aged in oak barrels for 10 months. Pair with lamb and rosemary.

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This Castaño Solanera Viñas Viejas 2013 was reviewed on January 8, 2017 by Natalie MacLean

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Reviews and Ratings

Bill Wright Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Lots of wood on the nose with some smoke. Full bodied and full tannin. In spite of the tannins and high alcohol, this is a smooth wine.Tasted Jan 31/16
Pamela Chiles rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Mmm, loads of black cherry/berry, licorice, spice, woody-leather and sturdy tannins. Really like this one at this price. Put a couple away for a year or drink tonight with steak and roast fingerling potatoes.
Greg Hughes rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Cab Sauvignon and Grenache supporting a blend that is mostly Mourvedre. Yecla is a fairly modern region and this wine reflects that. A balance of new and used, French and American oak was utilized. The incorporation of Cabernet Sauvignon gives it a lithe and aromatic quality that elevates a blend that would be weighed down otherwise. It was grown at high altitudes, which stresses the grapes and increases exposure, leading to balanced ripening.
Woodsy and spiced on the aromas. Brown spices and burning wood. There is some nice fruit peeking through. Stewed mulberries, damson plums, and bramble.
The flavours have more red fruit - raspberry and leaf, apple skin, cassis, bramble, and a finished of coffee amd vanilla.
Good value on a tasty red built for barbecues. Pair it with ground lamb or kebabs.
Monique Sosa - Accredited Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Powerful yet elegant - after being decanted for a couple hours. Aromas and flavours show moderate developing baking spice, mocha, black plum, wild mint and graphite mineral notes. The palate goes from soft and supple to bold and spicy. Acidity, flavour concentration, and tannins are nicely balance. Tannins are still standing out so definitely remember to decant for minimun two hours prior to serving. Tasted Nov 2016 - @sommsosa / bespoketastings.ca
Nick Onischuk - Accredited Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

The Castano Solanera Vinas Viejas 2013 is a nice smooth full bodied wine. Features aromas and flavours of cherry, blackberry, spice and oak. Tasted January 31, 2016 (89/100)
Cherie Cole rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Dark ruby with a purple rim color, this wine from Spain conveys aromas of fresh raspberry, cinnamon and fresh mint. Tannins are firm with crisp acidity and lively red fruit and spice on the palate. Pair with beef tenderloin. Tasted January 31, 2016.
Douglas McMillan rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Cinnamon, pine needles, new leather, and blackberry. Lots of aromas from the barrel. The taste is blackberry with a touch of dark cherry and some of the smoky notes from the aroma come through. A great wine for stew.
Matt Steeves - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

From the emerging Yecla region of southern Spain, this robust red blend is comprised of 70% Monastrell, 15% Cab Sauv, and 15% Garnacha Tintorera. Stewed dark fruit, plum, fig, and smoky oak fills the nose. Sweet fruit and lively tannins fill the palate of this youthful and playful wine. Enjoy with braised dishes over the next few years. Tasted January 2016. 88 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca
Jennifer Havers - WSET Level 3 rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Aromas of leather, spice (cinnamon and pepper), and dark fruit. Palate has dark fruit, oak and smoke. Medium tannin, nice acid and finish. Quite balanced. Enjoy with prime rib.
Jon Steeves - Sommelier rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Firm, structured, fruity with significant Oak presence. A great value bold red. Pairs well with braised beef, bbq steak. Rated 88/100
The 2013 vintage of Solanera is made from grapes that grow on "Vinas Viejas" -- old vines. This is a Spanish red wine blend of 70% Monastrell, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15 % Grenache grapes. This wine is aged for 10 months in French and American oak barrels. The vines grow at high-altitudes of 900 metres above sea level in limestone soils. - Community Wine Reviews

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