Posted on Jun 22nd 2017
Now with five years of bottle age, the 2012 Castano Hecula has really rounded out nicely. Still fresh and vibrant in the mouth with plush fruit, but all the slightly rough edges have been buffed out. It was already a great value wine at its regular price, but taking another $3 off makes it an outright steal!
"The basic offering from proprietor Ramon Castano Santa, who owns a whopping 1,000 acres in Yecla, is the 2012 Hecula, which is sourced from a non-irrigated, single vineyard planted with 100% Monastrell. Aged in both tank and French oak, it comes from 60-80-year-old vines planted in limestone soils at a relatively high elevation of over 1,600 feet. Its opaque purple color is followed by copious aromas of blueberries, black raspberries, camphor, licorice, white flowers and a chalky limestone/dusty character. Full-bodied, rich and well-balanced, it is an incredible value. These two remarkable cuvees have been reviewed favorably in the past, but the 2012s seem to ratchet up the quality to even more impressive levels." 91 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
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