Solanera Vinas Viejas (Old Vines)

2017
Spain
Yecla

At the foot of Monte Arabi, the Castaño family tends some of the oldest vines planted in the sun drenched DO of Yecla. Under the supervision of Eric Solomon and Jean-Marc Lafage, Solanera is a blend of Monastrell (65%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%), and Tintorera (15%) which is aged in oak for 10 months. Richly flavored with dark fruit and spices, Solanera captures the warmth and generosity of this rural part of Spain.

Hand harvested, each variety fermented separately in stainless steel tanks. 10 months in French (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels.

94 points
"Beautiful, with lots of cassis, blackberry, graphite, camphor, and acacia flower notes on the nose, the 2017 Vinas Viejas hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a layered, elegant texture, ripe tannins, and a gorgeous finish. A blend of 65% Monastrell, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Garnacha, brought up in 75% new French oak, it's the real deal and will keep for 7-8 years, probably longer."
Jeb Dunnuck
, March 22, 2021

SKU/Code: 
DB3369-17
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Monastrell
Farming Type: 
Sustainable