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jorray
jorray
2005 - Olivares, Bodegas Monastrell Altos de la Hoya
Great value.
Nov 03, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star
Review: The Altos de la Hoya Monastrell is medium/dark muddy red in the glass. It sports an aroma of candy-coated apples dipped again in oil of oak. Deep, sweet and even somewhat brooding. Suggests a sweet, full, pungent sip.On the palate, it is a bit chewier, leaner than expected. Less sweet fruit. More dirty grit in the tannins, a brambly wood texture, with severe blackberry fruit. Finish is tannic. Definitely wants more time to settle out. Three stars out of five with a plus for the future. This is one to watch. Incredible value.More reviews at spiritofwine.blogspot.com
James W.
James W.
2005 - Olivares, Bodegas Monastrell Altos de la Hoya
Good to Go
Jun 03, 2008
1 star 1 star
It has really lovely fruity red blend that can adapt to just about any red wine drinking scenario. Good to take to a party where you don't quite know the food story, and good for just drinking a glass or 2.
James W.
James W.
2004 - Castano Monastrell
Improved
Jun 03, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This is the best of the vintages that I tried, it was intense enough to be worthwhile, but not dry or harsh. Long flavor and full body. A sexy wine in some ways, but mostly still just a value wine.
James W.
James W.
2001 - Castano Monastrell
One Dimensional
Jun 03, 2008
1 star 1 star
Another pass for me. It was somewhat tasty, but very one dimensional. Yes, it's a nice value, but you can spend just a couple bucks more and find a much nicer bottle.
James W.
James W.
2002 - Castano Monastrell
Drink Soon
Jun 03, 2008
1 star 1 star
Overall it is a very rich, woody, almost chocolaty aromas with a hint of sandalwood.  Smoky, cedary dark wine. Little in the way of fresh fruit flavours - possibly mushrooms. Old world style, but hidden subtle flavours. Moderate tannins, with fading finish. Drink Now.
Yuichi  S.
Yuichi S.
2005 - Olivares, Bodegas Monastrell Altos de la Hoya
May 29, 2008
1 star
Some cheap Spanish wines are great, but some are aweful.  Tjis one was in the middle.  It started out good, but fell apart.  never improved the next day.
jorray
jorray
2005 - Olivares, Bodegas Monastrell Altos de la Hoya
Sweet aroma; dirty grit. One to watch!
Apr 07, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
The Altos de la Hoya Monastrell is medium/dark muddy red in the glass. It sports an aroma of candy-coated apples dipped again in oil of oak. Deep, sweet and even somewhat brooding. Suggests a sweet, full, pungent sip.

On the palate, it is a bit chewier, leaner than expected. Less sweet fruit. More dirty grit in the tannins, a brambly wood texture, with severe blackberry fruit. Finish is tannic. Definitely wants more time to settle out. Three stars out of five with a plus for the future. This is one to watch. Incredible value at under $10 U.S.

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