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label Infierno (Spain) Monastrell/Merlot 1999
This is fantastic stuff! From Yecla in the southeast of Spain it is made from a blend of 70% Monastrell (Mourvèdre), and 30% Merlot. The wine is partially aged in small French oak barrels. Now, here's an interesting thing: the small print on the back label says the wine is made by Bodegas Castaño. I raved about a wine called "Hécula" from Bodegas Castaño a few months ago, which Robert Parker also gave 92 points. It was selling elsewhere at £6.99 and was made to exactly the same recipe as this wine. My guess is that the two wines are one and the same. The colour is a vibrant cherry red, and the nose is brimming with sweet, spicy berry fruit, with a little undertow of creamy vanilla, prune and crunchy pepper. On the palate there's a wonderful bitter dark chocolate edge to juicy blue/black fruit that is succulent and savoury with lip-smacking tannins and a warm, coffee-bean finish. Very highly recommended.
£4.99 Safeway