Bodegas Castano 2003 Solanera

Posted on September 24, 2009

Ramon Castano's family had held vineyards for several decades in the small Spanish region of Yecla when he began making bulk wine in 1950. It wasn't until the 1980's that Bodegas Castano Winery was upgraded and began bottling their own wine while increasing their vineyard holdings. They now offer over thirty wines at various prices, and have been a driving force for Spanish wines in international markets. The DO of Yecla has about 4,500 hectares of wine grapes, restricted to the varieties of Macabeo, Chardonnay, Monastrell (Mourvedre), Garnacha (Grenache), Tintorera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo, and Syrah.


Winery - Bodegas Castano

Location - Yecla, Spain

Wine - Bodegas Castano 2003 Solanera

Grape Varieties - 65% Monastrell, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon

Appellation - Yecla

Alcohol - 14.0% v/v

Price - $15 USD


Nose/Aroma -Blackberries, toasted oak, and earthiness. 

Palate/Flavors -Complex flavor profile, not fruit dominated. Overripe blackberries and blueberries, charred oak, and truffles with a medium body and nice structure. Acid was a bit tighter than expected.

Food Pairing - Patacones ticos with black beans.

Comments - Seems like it could stand up for another couple years easily. Solanera is a wine custom made for US wine importer Eric Solomon and consistently earns acclaim.