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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Bodegas Castano Solanera 2005
Bodegas Castano Solanera 2005
(search item no. 92702)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The name comes from "Finca La Solana" - very sunny in Spanish. From 40+ year old vines.

Varieties: 65% Monastrell, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Garnacha Tintorera

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About Bodegas Castano:

There are only a handful of wineries remaining in Yecla since the phyloxera plague, and they are led by the forward-thinking Bodegas Castano, which has helped to reinvigorate the winemaking in the region.

Created by Ramon Castano Santa and his 3 sons, Bodegas Castano is not nearly as old as the vines it owns. Starting quite small, the family has nurtured these old plantings and re-planted other parcels and now owns 350 hectares of some of the prime vineyard land in Yecla. Today, Daniel Castano, one of Ramon's sons, runs the winery with the help of other members of the family.

The extremely talented Mariano Lopez has taken over the winemaker reins at the Bodega, and has turned the focus toward more balanced bottlings of older vine Monastrell. Both traditional and carbonic maceration techniques are used and all wines pass through malolactic fermentation. Daniel believes that the fruit and tannin structure of the Monastrell varietal stands up well to the use of oak, and as such, many of the wines pass (in varying degrees) through a barrel regime.