Castano Monastrell, 2006
This Yecla red wine from Castaño is made from 100% Monastrell (Mourvèdre). Sixty percent of this wine is fermented traditionally, while the other forty percent goes through carbonic maceration. It is released young and is meant to be an easy drinking, everyday wine. The resulting wine has a bright, fresh raspberry bouquet with dense, textured, cherry flavors on the palate. It is well structured with supple, integrated tannins. This wine is a great match for a simple dinner, but has enough body to hold up to hearty dishes including beef, game, and strong cheeses. A very tasty wine for about $8 at Esquin Wine Shop in Seattle.