Robert Parker's website.
And it's less than $15 ($13.95 to be exact). A wonderful Spanish red.
BODEGAS CASTAÑO HÉCULA MONASTRELL
The last time I enjoyed this vintage was Canada Day but I didn't have the courtesy to name the label.... just the fact that the grapes were hand-picked from vines that were at least 22-25 years old.
This is one of those times the tasting notes on the label aren't just hyperbole:
"We believe we have succeeded in achieving a wine with an extraoardinary concentration of aromas and flavours. Hecula is a complex wine with an excellent balance between fruit and soft vanillas...."
There is also a hint of oak from the 6 months of aging in American and French barrels.
According to Wikipedia, Monastrell is also known as Mourvedre or Motaro. Now grown internationally, the grape was likely first introduced by the Phoenicians around 500 BC.
Wow... talk about connecting with ancient history. Now I'm also contemplating the fact I am breathing the same recycled air as a Phoenician. I wonder if those Phoenicians ever contemplated this particular grape variety would be around in 2.5 thousand years? Probably, because time was eternity, not something measured in milliseconds. Maybe the more we break time down into fragments the more we lose sight of the fact that the way we measure time is just a human construct... the moment is now. When does 'now' begin and when does it end? Maybe it has no beginning, no end. Wow again. Last time I checked, the concept of no beginning and no end, that goes right back to deity.
Big thoughts for a Friday night.