2007 Bodegas Olivares "Altos de la Hoya" Jumilla

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91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple color. Strongly floral nose displays a seductive bouquet of dark berries, lavender, rose and smoky Indian spices. Vibrant blackberry and candied cherry flavors are lifted by zesty minerals, becoming deeper and sweeter with air. The impressively brisk and focused finish features pure berries. Here's another crazy value." (09/08) On the Wine Advocate's list of recommended wine values under $25. Produced from old, ungrafted vines that rise from the beautiful, almost surreal bleached white landscape of lime rich, sandy soil in the cooler La Hoya de Santa Ana sub-zone of the Jumilla region (Murcia, southeastern Spain). There is always something quite different about this Monastrell-based wine that sets it apart from the hosts of other $10 versions out there. The fruit leans more towards red (as opposed to the more typical black fruit one finds in Jumilla), there is brighter than usual acidity, and a definite terroir stamp that manifests itself in a spicy, intense brand of minerality. What we have here is a serious bottle of bargain wine, an $18 bottle in $10 clothing." (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/18/2009  | Send Email
Ink in a bottle? Maybe, but don't write with it, drink it please! Monastrell, better known as Mourvèdre in France, is believed to have originated in Catalonia during the Roman occupation, migrating north and south until it found its true home in the arid, high desert plateau of Jumilla, in the Murcia province of southeastern Spain. You'd figure that any grape grown in such an impossible drought-stricken region would ripen unmercifully into an intolerably high-alcohol, raisin-faced creation, but this just isn't the case here. Because of the relatively high altitude and dry, continental climate, the ungrafted Monastrell vines in Jumilla endure extreme fluctuations in day and night temperatures, a prime factor in preserving good acidity and sugar levels while assuring perfect ripening and smooth, unaggressive tannins. Crackling with lively blackcurrant, mineral, mocha and blackberry flavors, the Altos de la Hoya is a robust, intense wine filled with great character and polish, far more sophisticated and complex that one would expect for the incredible price. The perfect answer to the midweek question of "What to drink tonight?" Or any night, in my mind. Highly recommended!
Top Value! Drink from 2009 to 2010

 By: Mike Callahan |  Review Date: 9/15/2009 
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Although highly rated by both Parker and Tanzer, my impression of the flavors was quite different than theirs (based on only one bottle). I found that the minerals seemed to overpower the underlying berry taste and left a somewhat less than smooth and balanced finish. I have yet to try the 2008 Bodegas Luzon, Jumilla the 2007 was far and away a better wine for a lot less $.

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Varietal:

Mourvedre

- 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.
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Spain

- 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