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2011 Castano Monastrell Rosado 

Yecla, Spain

$10-$12 Retail

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Bodegas Castano in southeastern Spain produces this refreshing rose from 25- to 30-year-old vines. A blend of 90 percent monastrell — known as mourvedre in France, where the varietal thrives in Provence and southern Rhone — and 5 percent each syrah and cabernet sauvignon, the juice receives brief skin contact before fermentation. The wine exhibits floral scents and strawberry aromas in the glass. On the palate, taste red berries, spiciness, some herbal notes, an appealing minerality and a crisp, dry finish. Serve chilled with grilled salmon, tuna tartare, barbecued ribs, herb-roasted chicken, salads, leg of lamb, stuffed peppers, pasta and spicy Asian cuisines. Buy it at: W.I.N.O. and Bacchanal. Drink it at: W.I.N.O.


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