Inky, dark and delicious from Southern Spain: Hecula Monastrell(Mourvedre)

Hecula, Bodegas Castaño Monastrell, DO Yecla, Murcia, Spain.  This 2006 Monastrell from Bodegas Castano is a great example of the wines from South East Spain. This is a very dark, inky red to black with ruby hues. Highly extracted and viscous, you can tell this is from a hot/dry climate. Red and black fruit, plum, licorice, cigar box and leather on the nose. Black fruits; plums, black berry, huckleberry, licorice, chocolate on the mouth. With the medium-high acidity, this Monastrell will pair nicely with foods: roasted meats, game, stews etc. You may recognize the adopted French name for this Spanish grape: Mourvedre from Rhone Valley fame or GSM in Australia.

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