Mi Casona,Su Casona
Bodegas Castaño 2007 La Casona Monastrell Old VinesYecla, Spain, $8.70 (143743)
Hands up anyone who promised to drink differently in 2011? Your resolution just got a lot easier. We’re not suggesting La Casona as your new house wine just because its name means “large house” and its label sports a colourful abode on it, although that certainly doesn’t hurt. We’re recommending it because for less than $10 you get an intense, juicy red wine that’s produced from 40- to 60-year-old Monastrell (better known as Mourvèdre) vines that have been dry farmed in the arid southeastern region by Bodegas Castaño. Available at a price where most of its competitive set is a homogeneous assortment of lacklustre Cabernet blends, syrupy Shirazes or mediocre Malbecs cobbled together from multiple regions, this idiosyncratic regional red truly stands out.