WHAT: Bodegas Castaño Hécula 2005 (red) Rating: NNNN
WHERE: Yecla, Spain
WHY: Wine math: unheralded Yecla region + lesser-known Monastrell grape + conscientious producer = excellent wine, especially at the price. Starts with a punch in the nose, saying, “Watch out, big flavours ahead,” which are delivered with finesse and balance.
PRICE: 750 ml/$13.85
AVAILABILITY: At most Vintages outlets (product #718999)