2007 Bodegas Volver Tempranillo La Mancha

SKU #1051643

90 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An alluring aromatic array of pain grille, smoke, violets, black cherry, and blackberry that jumps from the glass. On the palate it is medium- to full-bodied with gobs of ripe fruit, succulent flavors, soft tannins, and excellent balance." (02/09) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright purple. Sexy aromas of blackberry, incense and cocoa powder are complemented by a suave smoky quality. Plush, creamy dark berry flavors possess plenty of weight but are energized by racy minerality. Chewy tannins arrive with air, adding grip to the broad, sappy, persistent finish. Complex enough to enjoy now." (Sept/Oct '09) 90 points Wine Spectator. Definitely a mouthful of Tempranillo-based wine with some real character, the Volver Tempranillo La Mancha has great pedigree. Let me explain. Cuttings are from one of the classic Rioja bodegas, Cune. Winemaker Rafael Canizares is a sixth generation winemaker who was born and raised in La Mancha, well aware of many of the best situated vineyards in this huge region, and adept at making the best use of his great raw material. Dark fruits and ground coffee aromas lead to an intensely flavored, pure, dark-fruited palate, with good length and persistence. I'd confidently stack this up against any Rioja, Ribera del Duero or Toro Tempranillo based wines out there right now in terms of the amount of structure and value you get for the money. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.