Reply to "Faceoff: Tempranillo vs. Monastrell (4 TN's)"

I've had the '01 Castano Monastrell twice over the last couple of months. The first time I had it without giving it any air and it did taste a bit crude but definitely not awful. If I were to score it, it'd be an 85p. When I had the second bottle, about a couple of weeks ago, I poured the wine and then let it breathe for at least 1/2 hour. It tasted much better than the 1st bottle and it got better with time. More like 89p. Bottom line: if the 2001 needs air to come together, the 2002 may need it also, or perhaps it needs to sit for a few more months. Or it could be that the '02 is simply inferior to the '01.

I also had 2 bottles of the '00 Gotim Bru recently and both times the wine was very enjoyable, even though I wouldn't give it 92p as RP has. More like an 89-90p, which would still make it an excellent QPR.
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