Casa Castillo 1999 Jumilla Monastrell ($7.99)
Inky dark garnet, almost black; earthy black fruit with pleasant nuances of toast and coffee. Ripe and full berry fruit flavor, tart and softly tannic. Good fruit, good structure, seems ageworthy - remarkable value. US Importer: Cutting Edge Selections, Cincinnati. (Jan 6, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Lamb shanks braised with tomatoes over short pasta.

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