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Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Event: A tasting with Daniel Castano Munoz, Export Director of Bodegas Castano of Murcia Spain (Feb 12, 2009)

The Time and Date: Thursday, February 12, 2009  6PM – 7 PM

The Event: A tasting with Daniel Castano Munoz, Export Director of Bodegas Castano of Murcia Spain. His family estates also include Sierra Salinas (Alicante).

The Venue: Fine Wine Reserve.

The Target Audience: private clients of the agent John Hanna and Sons.

The Availability/Catalogue: some of the wines come and go through Vintages and Classics, but they can be ordered through the agent.

The Quote/Background: The wines of Bodegas Castano (Yecla) and Bodegas Sierra Salinas (Alicante) are structured around the Monastrell (mourvedre) grape. Daniel spoke on the terroirs of Eastern Spain.

The Wines:


**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Bod. Sierra Salinas "Mira" 2005, $35. Vintages Online.

-Bod. Sierra Salinas "1237" 2005, $125. Also some garnacha.

-Vina al Lado de la Casa 2006, $35. 60 year old vines.

-Casa Cisca 2005, $60. 90 year old vines, highest altitude.


***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (8890 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Bod. Castrano Monastrell 2008, $10. Sipper or first course.

-Bod. Castrano "Hecula" 2006, $14. June Vintages, best with goat cheese.

-Bod. Castrano "Coleccion" 2005, $24. 20% cab sauvignon. Best with firm cheeses.

-Bod. Castrano Dulce 2004, $25 for 500 mL, sweet. Best with Benedictin.

-Bod. Sierra Salinas "Mo" 2007, $16.95. Best with goat and cheddar.


The Food: we were each given a plate of cheese, with each clearly marked. We tasted the cheeses against the wines as we wished. Tasted were Paillot de Chevre (PQ) goat, Ile-aux-Grues 5 year old cheddar (PQ) raw cow, cave aged Gruyere raw cow, Benedictin bleu (PQ) cow, and Beemster XO (Holland) cow.

The Downside: I had really wanted to come during the trade session during the day, and talk with Daniel, but three additional and different wines were being poured at night, so I decided to forego my regular night activities this one time in order to taste 9 wines instead of 6.

The Upside: the three additional wines, more pricey, were worth coming out at night.

The Contact Person:

The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 95.



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