2010 Bodegas Castano Hecula Monastrell
I bought this one among 5 or so other bottles and just figured at $6.89 why not? I’ve had some nice Monastrells before and figured this would be fine. But it turned out to be quite the bargain for under $7, a price point where you rarely find good drinkable reds. The more and more I dug into this one, I was really looking forward to every new drink. This is a solid buy.
Monastrell is a Spanish red grape that has a fair amount of fruit and (particularly in this incarnation) has a dry tannic firmness to it. Some people may not love that, but I did. It’s food friendly without being overbearing. Young, ripe with a dusty red fruit flavor that’s peaks rather quickly. Fast on the finish too, but what can you really expect in this price range.
This is a Value Pick all the way, and a good one to check out. Not for everybody but at $7 it’s hard for me not to like it.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 87 Points
Costco item number: 600967