Once again, I fall to Spain for a great quality-to-price ratio wine. This month’s red wine is from Yecla, which is a region in the northernmost wine zone of Murcia in southeastern Spain. Yecla is a small DO, but is known for producing great wines from the Monastrell grape (known as Mourvedre in France). My pick for this month is a good example of what you can get from this wine region for a prayer.

2019 Castano “Hecula” Monastrell (Yecla, Spain)… $11.

Aromas of strawberries, plums, boysenberries and tobacco. Ripe boysenberry and plum notes on the palate, balanced by fresh acidity and smooth tannins. There is a big kiss of tobacco notes on the mid-palate into the finish, where spice and pepper notes join the boysenberry and plum notes that linger, with hints of minerality. Good balance and integration with more complexity than you would expect at this price. I suggest you decant this little gem for about a half hour to get everything it has to offer. Another bonus is that it is made from organically grown grapes. (B)


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I am a blue collar wine guy who has been in the biz for over twenty years. I work at a store in a tourist destination stop. I work hard at finding the best wine for the money. I love the challenge of learning my customer's palate so I can find the best wine for them, whether it is Petrus or white zinfandel. Cheers!
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