Over the past few months, we have had the opportunity to get some absolutely fantastic wines from Eric Solomon's European Cellars Imports. With a slogan of "Place over process", the wines produced are always excellent value wines usually under $20 with rich concentration of fruit and positive reviews to back it up. Today, we are glad to be able to share the 2012 Bodegas Castano Solanera. The Solanera hails from the Yecla appellation of Spain and is a delightful blend of 70% Old Vine Monastrell (or Mourvedre, if you will), 15% Cabernet, and 15% Grenache. The wine is remarkably rich and velvety on the palate, with well integrated flavors of dark fruit, violets, and just a delicate touch of oak. Full bodied and pungent, yet still balanced, this wine is made for the richest of beef and lamb dishes and will certainly keep you company during those October horror movie marathons. (Which, by the way, not only do we sell wine, we also give fantastic horror movie recommendations for no extra charge.) The price on the wine is $14.99 for the bottle or $161.90 for the case plus tax. There are 18 cases available, first come, first serve. And just in case you aren't already convinced, here's what our old buddy Robert Parker thinks of the wine:
Even more remarkable is the 2012 Solanera Vinas Viejas, a blend of 70% Mourvedre, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Grenache aged 10 months in a combination of French and American oak. A custom cuvee that is only available through importer Eric Solomon, this amazing red wine displays notes of lead pencil shavings, acacia flowers, black raspberries, blueberries and black currants. This full-bodied, intense 2012 tastes like it should cost three to five times as much. Full-bodied, stunningly pure and textured, it should last for 4-5 years, possibly longer. This remarkable cuvee has been reviewed favorably in the past, but the 2012 seems to ratchet up the quality to even more impressive levels.