2008 Bodegas Olivares "Altos de la Hoya" Jumilla

SKU #1061355

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Deep, smoky, seductively perfumed bouquet of dark berries, macerated cherries, licorice and Indian spices. Powerful blackberry and cassis flavors are surprisingly lively, with notes of black cardamom and candied violet adding complexity. A zesty note of cracked pepper adds snap to the long, spicy, subtly sweet finish. Once again, this is probably the top value I found in my annual tastings of new releases from Spain. Some of the vines in this plot reportedly date back to 1872." (Sept/Oct 2009) This is always amongst the most interesting, best value Spanish reds in our stocks, and the 2008 vintage is no exception. It is rare for a $10 bottle from anywhere to have such a consistently recognizable personality, in this case the intense spicy, pungent red and dark fruits with a sweet root vegetable note in the background. I would be hard pressed to find a better value red in the store right now.

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Staff Image By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/31/2010 | Send Email
First, Jumilla, with some of the oldest ungrafted vines in the world, is, for my money, one of the best value in Spain. But it really comes down to taste, and I love this Jumilla's bright acidity, red fruit and, of course, Spanish earth. Olivares' Monastrell fits the bill for great Jumilla. Enjoy!

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- Also called Monastrell and Mataro, Mourvèdre is most famous for the ruby-hued wines of Provence's Bandol region, known for their spicy, gamey, blackberry character, though the grape is grown throughout Provence and the Southern Rhône. Thought to have originated in Spain, it is second only to Grenache in vine acres, with the best examples found in Rioja, Alicante and Penedès.


- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14