Weekly Wine – La Casona Monastrell

29 Apr

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Bodegas Castano La Casona Monastrell
2013
Spain
750ml
13.5% ABV
$9.80 (LCBO) 

The first sip of this wine did not do it for me. It was sour and a bit thin. Not that I wanted more sourness, it just caused a disturbing sensation in my mouth.
The sourness is not from the sulphites in the wine – those tend to stand out and be rather distinct. On the second and third taste the sourness dissipates but the wine does not really blossom. There is a flavour – hints of cherry and some other fruit. But it is not a complex flavour. It is just there. You won’t get too much complexity under ten bucks.
The sourness is always there – but by the third sip it had mellowed. I guess my taste buds had become accustomed to this. Or, I had stopped worrying about it.
This is a wine that really shows its price. It is drinkable, but just. Good to take on a picnic where one wants something cheap and drinkable, but does not want to get the urge to drink too much.

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