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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
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.
**** 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 (88 90 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.