Written By Treve Ring Libations / Red Wine Mar 17, 2011 Bodegas Castaño Hécula 2006 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestYecla, Spain $16-18 +583690 available at BC Liquor Stores and select private liquor stores www.bodegascastano.comYecla is located in the hot and dry southeast of Spain, a region that, until recently, was a soup of bulk wine production. Fortunately, adventuresome and innovative producers like Bodegas Castaño have introduced modern vinification techniques to the area, and aimed attention on the deep, brambly and structured Monastrell grape, indigenous to Mediterranean Spain. Heralded for its drought-resistance, Monastrell (aka Mourvèdre en Français) is well suited to the dry and rugged terroir, shining when yields are low and vines are well established. There are approximately 120,000 hectares of Monastrell in the world. 50,000 ha of them are located in Spain and around 300 hectares belong to Bodegas Castaño.Castaño produce numerous wines, all of which are terrific value (even on this market!). Like Hécula – old vine, high altitude Monastrell, transformed into a deep, purple inky hue. Blueberry, anise and ripe blackberry aromas jump from the glass. The spicy, medium++ palate has layers of dark fruit, violets and savoury spice, with a concentrated, blackberry bush finish. Supple and positively rustic, this would well suit Barbacoa (barbecue) and Iberico jamon (ham from acorn-fed black pigs).*It was announced today that Bodegas Castano is rolling out all new labels, so watch for them to hit our shelves in the coming months.Since the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival starts in less than 2 weeks, and Spain is the theme region, DRINK will be profiling exclusively Spanish wines leading up to the main event. Watch for tweets, postings, photos, tasting notes and features posted from the week-long festival. There are still tickets available to some events.Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean)EATrecommendsBodegas Castaño Hécula 2006Hécula is old vine, high altitude Monastrell, transformed into a deep, purple inky hue. Blueberry, anise and ripe blackberry aromas jump from the glass. The spicy, medium++ palate has layers of dark fruit, violets and savoury spice, with a concentrated, blackberry bush finish. Supple and positively rustic, this would well suit Barbacoa (barbecue) andIberico jamon (ham from acorn-fed black pigs).Red WineSpainWine Reviews SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Comments are closed.