OT: Hécula 2013 Monastrell

20160603_211957 In 1950, Ramón Castaño Santa, son and grandson of winegrowers, had already built up his own winery and was, by the time, broadening the family vineyards. In 1975, came the acquisition of the first plots in Las Gruesas, the estate that would eventually become relevant to Bodegas Castaño for its size and quality. A few years later, in the early 80s Ramón Castaño Santa purchased the first bottling unit and with it, the real improvement and development started to take place, always bearing in mind quality as the main leitmotiv. At the beginning of the 90s, his three sons, Ramón, Juan Pedro and Daniel were fully incorporated to the family business. It was then when the international expansion began to be a reality. The presence of Bodegas Castaño in the main trade fairs around the world, commercial survey trips and international tasting events became a constant feature. Then the first national and international recognitions and awards arrived.

  • Winery: Bodegas Castaño Avenida de Fuenteálamo, 3 Yecla, Murcia 30510, SPAIN. Bodegas Castaño is today one of the most respected wine producers in South-Eastern Spain in recognition for their tradition and achievements in the use of the indigenous grape varieties. Bodegas Castaño owns nearly 600 hectares of vineyards in different estates spread in D.O. Yecla.
  • Phone: +34 968 79 11 15
  • Winemaker: Mariano López Fernández
  • Website: www.bodegascastano.com
  • Brand: Hécuula
  • DO: Yecla
  • Type: Barrel Aged Red Wine. 6 months in oak barrels (80% French & 20% American / 50% new)
  • Alcohol: 14 %
  • Grape Variety: 100% Monastrell (aka Mourvédre)
  • Vineyards: over 38 years old vineyards.  750 North height – South orientation in both states, Las Gruesas and Pozuelo
  • Soil Type: Las Gruesas 160 ha in the northern area of Yecla (limestone) and Pozuelo 141 ha of limestone in the North-West of Yecla.
  • Bottle Size: 75.0 cl.
  • Price: € 4.99 at my local supermarket
  • My wine rating: 87/100 (A wine of good quality) NEW!

“The 2013 Hecula, which comes from 60- to 80-year old non-irrigated vines planted in pure limestone soils, is a cuvée of 12,000 cases. The wine has fabulous texture, a deep ruby/purple color, plenty of chalky minerality mixed with blue and black fruits. The wine is rich, concentrated, quite savory and mouthfilling. This is a stunner that is remarkable for this price. In fact, it is probably too good, because most people that spend $12.00 would never believe a wine could be exceptional. But this certainly is. Drink it over the next several years”. (The Wine Advocate)

It is recommended uncorking the bottle at least half hour before tasting

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