Bodegas Castano Hécula Monastrell 2015, Yecla, Spain

Mourvedre (a.k.a. Monastrell) is one of my absolute favorite grape variety. This Spanish version rocks when young.

Well kept bottle, but it’s already past its peak. Could be a bad bottle, but I can’t remember tasting Héculas with a bit of age which impressed me, while they shine when young. Quite probably the wine would benefit from having screwcaps instead of corks. Anyway, it’s still a good, enjoyable wine. Forest floor, compost on the nose, it did not gain complexity with the years, just lost the fruits. A more satisfying, fleshy, dense palate with nice intensity. Plums soaked into rum, pretty flavors. Nice structure, lovely tannins, a dry finish. Flavor depth and length are beyond the price category, but overall it seems to be fading. Drink up.

Rating: good, 85 points.
Price: around 6.5 Euros online (I used to order it from Decantalo and Hispavinus).
Value: this bottle: not bad but I would not buy based on the tasting. Go for the new release!
Drinking window: drink up the 2015. I’m going to drink further releases young, in 3 years after vintage.

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