Date: Feb 12/09, Thu Time: 03:30:00-07:00:00 Style: Sit-Down
Bodegas Castano Tasting - You can always count on John Hanna & Sons to bring us something special. On this day, John Hanna & Sons and Daniel Castano of Bodegas Castano were in our tasting room to present wines from his family’s estates in eastern Spain. Both Bodegas Castano (Yecla) and Bodegas Sierra Salinas (Alicante) have taken the world by storm with a wide range of stunning values and rich structured cellar worthy red wines constructed around the local Monastrell grape.
Daniel lead us through a process of discovery – understanding the unique terroirs of eastern Spain, as well as the considerations that go into producing 90+ point wines starting at $8 per bottle right up to over $100 per bottle. And yes, you read that correctly - these guys have figured out how to make 90+ quality wine for $8 per bottle!
The experts agree this is an estate to know - Parker states that these wines offer “insane value” while Stephen Tanzer poses the rhetorical question “are average consumers ready for this kind of quality?”
One Fine Wine Reserve member who bought 10 cases of the $9 Monastrell was heard saying, “this stuff is so good I’m bringing it to the cottage and drinking it right out of the bottle?!”
Wines sampled were as follows:
2006 Bodegas Castano Monastrell (Parker 90)
2006 Bodegas Castano “Hecula” (Parker 90)
2005 Bodegas Castano “Coleccion” (not yet reviewed)
2004 Bodegas Castano Dulce (Parker 92)
2004 Bodegas Castano “Casa Cisca” (Parker 92)
2006 Bodegas Sierra Salinas “Mo” (Parker 90)
2005 Bodegas Sierra Salinas “Mira” (Parker 93)
2004 Bodegas Sierra Salinas “1237” (Parker 95)
2006 Vina al Lado de la Casa (Parker 90)
Three sessions were offered with the final one being a sit down tutored tasting. The hat was passed around and all proceeds donated to Grapes for Humanity www.grapesforhumanity.com
Once again, Andrew from John Hanna & Sons has proven that they truely have an amazing portfolio of wines in their control. Gracias amigo!