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2000 Castaño Solanera Vinas Viejas (750ml)
Producer: Bodegas Castaño bodegascastano.com
Appellation: Yecla - Murcia - Spain (DO)
Type: red
Varietal: Monastrell - Cabernet Sauvignon - Alicante Bouschet
Maturity: Drink/Mature
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: n/a
Related Ratings:
rated (2001 vintage, 750ml bottle) : February 15, 2006 , Brian Bushaw myspace.com/bjbushaw
93 points "There are 8,500 cases of the unfined, unfiltered, prodigious 2001 Solanera, a blend of 70% ungrafted, old vine Monastrell, and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a custom cuvee specifically bottled for the American importer, Eric Solomon. It spent nearly a year in French oak, 20% of which was new. Its opaque, inky purple color is followed by glorious aromas of blue and blackberries intermixed with graphite, minerals, smoke, and scorched earth. It is splendidly concentrated and full-bodied, with no hard edges. This extraordinary wine can be drunk now, and over the next 6-8 years. This is a cutting edge effort from one of Spain's backwater, but soon to be famous appellations." Best 2002-2010
rated (2003 vintage, 750ml bottle) : June 27, 2005 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
91 points "This is a custom cuvee made for American importer Eric Solomon, so the wine sold in other markets will be different blends and/or selections. There are 12,000 cases of the brilliant 2003 Solanera, a beautiful blend of 75% Mourvedre and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by a smoky, scorched earth-scented nose displaying notions of black cherry jam, licorice, and truffles. Ripe and medium to full-bodied, with wonderful sweetness (from glycerin and dry extract), it possesses purity, suppleness, and balance. It is another example of why Spain is beating virtually every other viticultural area in the world when it comes to high quality wines that sell for a song. Enjoy it over the next 2-3 years." Best 2005-2008
rated (2004 vintage, 750ml bottle) : October 6, 2007 , david monk
92 points Best 2008-2015