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Castillo Catadau Gran Reserva 2002

ABV: 14% Closure: Cork Retailer: Naked Wines Price: £9.99 Serving Temperature: 18-20 degrees I opened this bottle to
Posted 28th March 2010        
     

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ABV: 14%
Closure: Cork
Retailer: Naked Wines
Price: £9.99
Serving Temperature: 18-20 degrees

I opened this bottle to let it breathe for a while but it may have improved with decanting. On pouring it was a dark ruby colour depicting the label colour and almost the same as port. A nice looking bottle with a traditional mesh of gold coloured wire and a lovely picture of a castle (could it be the winery?).

It had a quite powerful taste although pleasant, with tannins present and aromas of dark fruit. It was rounded in the mouth but with an underwhelming finish. Gran Reserva makes you think the wine is grand, it actually means that these wines are aged for two years in oak barrels and three years in the bottle, certainly this was not a very grand wine, just average.

A nice juicy steak would have complimented this bottle as I had it with a selection of cheeses and I am not sure it did it any favours. For an aged wine from Valencia I was a little disappointed when I thought about one of my favourites being Rioja so I can only give it 6/10.

     

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Julie & Neil Swift
This wine was reviewed by Julie and Neil Swift, both 51 years of age, and we have just had our first grandchild Zak. We live in the beautiful Peak District. Julie is the main wine taster as she was the daughter of a publican, learning to appreciate good wines from an early age. Neil has worked in the same place as a Lab Technician for the past 35 years, he was a football referee but now spends his Saturdays assessing referees. We are a very sociable couple who enjoy hosting and going to parties (most weekends!). My how time and taste buds have moved on from the Liebfraumilch days, although we believe it is making a comeback. Julie has collected menus and recipes from the 1970’s to the present day, the price of a bottle of Italian Pinot Grigio was £3.40 in 1978 in Topo Gigios restaurant in London.