2011 Bodegas Olivares "Altos de la Hoya" Jumilla

SKU #1134952 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright purple. Black raspberry and cassis aromas, with spicy mineral and floral elements gaining power with air. Powerful dark fruit flavors are sweetened by vanilla and cola nuances and lifted by juicy acidity. Impressively velvety wine, with very good finishing breadth and lingering spiciness. Plenty of bang for the buck here.  (9/2012)

89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Altos de la Hoya produced from un-grafted 40-year-old Monastrell with a balance of 5% Garnacha (blending a little Garnacha with the Monastrell starts sounding like a popular idea), fermented in stainless steel with natural yeasts. Then half of the wine is aged for six months in 6,000-liter French oak vats and the other half in 225-liter barriques. Clean, bright cherry robe, a polished nose of red and black fruits, well-integrated oak, with a straight palate, good acidity and the red and black fruit coming back in a very pleasant finish. 250,000 bottles produced. This is even better value. Drink 2014-2016. (LG)  (10/2013)

Wine Spectator

 This red is round and juicy, with lively acidity behind the plum, dried cherry, herbal and earthy flavors. A touch rustic, but fresh and balanced. Drink now through 2015.  (2/2014)

K&L Notes

The blend of 90% Monastrell and 10% Garnacha is an excellent representation of the wines of Jumilla. This ripe and opulent wine is fruit-driven with tones of mineral and spice before finishing with an enlivening freshness. Harvested from old vines, the wine is aged for six months in French oak before bottling.

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Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/7/2014 | Send Email
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Medium-deep ruby in color, this puppy is loaded with fruit of a cassis, blackberry to raspberry, and Chilean Jasmine nature with white pepper spiciness and a creamy tone as a back note both on the nose and across its broad, rich, viscous, deeply flavored palate impression. On the finish it is long, warm and gives a wet forest floor note of minerality in what has to be one of the most amazingly complex, “cheap” red wines that I have ever tasted. Rusty has demanded that I bring home cases upon cases of this wonderful Gem to be one of our house reds for the next ten thousand years. And, no, it was not named after a professional boxer. 14.0% ABV
Drink from 2014 to 2020

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/5/2014 | Send Email
I think I recall reading somewhere, in someone's wine blog, that they found this to be hands down the most consistently interesting, over delivering under $10 red around. While I agree that you should not believe everything you read on the internet, this was a statement I read and simply had to nod my head in agreement. This is delicious, juicy, and full of fruit, but not simple or cloying in a way that many $10 reds are. Delicious, full of character and value.

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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