Castaño Solanera Viñas Viejas 2012, Do Yecla

Red Blend Red Blend
Spain

$16.95 (276162)

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88 pts
10
May 02, 2015

Critic Reviews (4)

Sara d'Amato
Sara d'Amato

A rich, fruity red laced with sweet oaky cedar, black tea, ash and cinnamon spice. With an abundance of fruit, the...

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David Lawrason
David Lawrason

This has an unusual very peppery, spicy and slightly meaty nose, with some cedar and licorice. Not a very fruity wine...

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John Szabo, MS
John Szabo, MS

A heavily reductive, rubbery, raisined wine in desperate need of some air, so decant long before serving. The wine in...

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Michael Godel
Michael Godel

Crafted specifically for a North American market palate, this blends Mourvedre dominated (70 per cent), maximum...

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Community Reviews (6)

BRIAN BIRNBAUM
BRIAN BIRNBAUM
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Scott Horne
Scott Horne

Intense and complex fruity aromas of cherry, prune, and blueberry, with spicy kick of black pepper and bell pepper. Palate adds cedar and a bit of smoke. Raspberry emerges on finish. Rich and mouth-coating. Medium body; good length. Smooth. Should be even better in two or three years. A steal at $17 (or recently $20,80 at the SAQ). I tasted it alone (January 2015) but look forward to opening another bottle with grilled pork chops and grilled vegetables.

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Michael Stickings
Michael Stickings

Here's a wonderfully deep, rich, and complex Monastrell-dominant blend with heady aromas of raspberry and black pepper broadening out into pencil/graphite, earth/barnyard, blueberry, dark cherry, and candle wax, then cherry tartness on the finish before the prominent tannins take over; admirably harmonious, but it does start to come apart after awhile, and while youthful and vibrant, it could probably use another couple of years for better overall integration beyond the alluring nose; still, another great value from Yecla, home to so many great values, and a very fine effort indeed.

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Dan Trcka
Dan Trcka

The 2012 Castaño Solanera Viñas Viejas, composed of 70% Monastrel (supposedly the oldest Monastrel vines in Spain), 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Garnacha Tintorera that were aged in oak for 10 months; has soft aromas of milky cherry and milky black cherry on the nose and milky cherry, wood undertones and subtle smoke on the palate. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine; UNBALANCED with sharp acidity, refined and dusty tannins (decant for 30 min {at least} to 2 hours) and a medium to long finish. This is a food friendly wine; drink now and for the next 3-5 years (cork enclosure). My impression: NICE, 88 pts – the wine evolves in the decanter as time passes, decanting is a must. Tasted in May/15.

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Michael Loken
Michael Loken

This is what a friend of mine described as an "honest" fruit forward wine with a subtle earthiness. Overall, it was good value for the price.

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Michel Leduc
Michel Leduc

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ce rouge incroyable dévoile des notes de copeaux de crayons, de fleurs d’acacia, de framboises noires, de bleuets et de cassis. Ce 2012 corsé et intense goûte comme s’il coûtait de trois à cinq fois plus cher. Corsé, étonnamment pur et texturé, il devrait se conserver de quatre à cinq ans, possiblement davantage.

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