Best Value Red Revisited


Hill of Arabi, in Yecla. Beautiful as the wines are good.

In the world of wine, there is never quiet; everything is impermanent. Yesterday your fave was that plonk you sublimized because you were in the rigth mood, in Greece, Capri or Chechnya. “I love the smell of plastic explosives and Monastrell in the morning” could be a line for a future  box office smash hit about wine in today’s turbulent world. That was yesterday, perhaps today you go for something you gulped at a tasting, a bottle your shallow pockets can’t afford. Pomerol, Angelo Gaja, Del Forno….the list goes on. Anyway, yesterday (or the day before yesterday or the day before the day before yesterday) I asked my co-worker at Everything Wine, Miss  Casserole B (no names over the net!) to help me find a bottle of good, inexpensive -ok, CHEAP- wine. Im running out of options, you see, I have tried virtually everything decent under 10 bucks available in Vancouver. Except, of course, for those decent wines under ten bucks that I havent tried yet. She pointed at a bottle I always avoid based on the label, one of those that have the feel of “printed at home with an almost empty cartridge” kind of specimen. Really? I asked. Well, why not give it a try. I’m in a financial diet, as it were. Besides, I haven’t been into straight Monastrell for a while. One of those phases we (that means, me AND you) winoholics go through, you know. Castano is an innovative producer from Yecla, Spain. In fact, their 11.99 Castano Monastrell is very good. But this one is their very basic product and judging from the label, a bit suspicious. I took it home, neverthemore, and hey, starting from the appearance, so clear light and shiny, I felt attracted to it. The nose is delectable as is the medium  to light palate. I had it with a plate of  Basmati -God save India- rice and kidney beans cooked in tomato sauce (homemade) and a pinch of cumin.

Summing up: Best value red before yesterday was Paiara. Yesterday Lujuria. Today, that place is for La Casona Old Vines Monastrell 2008. Find it. Enjoy it. And dont forget the beans.

Hasta pronto camarada del Vino

ps. I warned you. The label….

ps1. Price 9.99 at Everything Wine North VAncouver (go now! there are 4 bottles left and its friday)

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