Wine of the Week

Casa Costillo Monastrell 2014


It shouldn't come as any surprise that right now some of the biggest values in wine are coming from Spain.  Along with that is that the wines are of exception quality.  That combination is hard to resist.  My blog a while back on the Cune line of wines from the Rioja area of Spain are a testament to that.  I've even done a couple posts relating to a few others that "floated my boat" so to speak.

So when I came across a wine that Wine Advocate rated 91 and Vinous Media rated 90 AND was UNDER $10, I couldn't resist trying it.  My ultimate purchase of a wine this inexpensive came some time ago while I was shopping and came across a close out bin where all the wines were $3.  What I found was the Jacob's Creek Syrah/Cab blend.  I think it retailed for around $10, but at $3, I felt "what could I lose?"  Bought it, took it home, drank it, and then proceeded to return to the wine shop to buy a case.  I was just in time.  While I did buy more, within a day they sold it out.  I should mention as well that the day after I bought it, Wine Spectator came out with this wine as their wine of the day and gave it 90 Points as well.  Thus it disappeared forever after. But I digress.

From the Jumilla region, comes this Monastrell blend, combined with a small amount (10%) Syrah and Garnacha (5%).  The wine does see a short maturation period in used oak, about 8 months, after which it is bottled and released.  Once again this wine was not produced in small quantities.  About 200,000 cases were produced, but as good as this was, it will not last long.

Subtle aromas rise from the glass as I swirl the wine.  What I take away from wines of this caliber and price is their ability to satisfy and please the palate.  This isn't a big huge wine with nuances that excite, it is a softer but rich wine whose fruit flavors linger for the enjoyment of the drinker.  

Now remember, all this for the sale price of $9.79, and around $11 regular price.  For that, it's a great wine for everyday.  It may not stand up against the biggest meals, but it'll do for almost anything that you can throw its way during the week.