2008 Bodegas Volver Tempranillo La Mancha

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90 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Volver is also 100% Tempranillo sourced from 50+-year-old vines and aged for 14 months in new French oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it showcases aromas of pain grille, earth notes, spice box, and fragrant blue and black fruits. Supple-textured, super-ripe and concentrated, on the palate it is mouth-filling, savory, and structured enough to evolve for 2-3 years. It can be enjoyed now and over the next 8-10 years. It is a great value that over-delivers in a big way." And from Wine Spectator: "There's raw intensity in this modern red, which offers assertive blackberry, espresso and anise flavors in a dense texture with firm, chewy tannins. Best from 2011 through 2017." (08/10) And, according to Wine Enthusiast: "Dark as night and thick, with heavy, modern aromas of shoe polish, bacon and ripe, roasted black fruits. The feel is concentrated and healthy, while the flavors run very ripe and dark, with plenty of oak thrown in. Finishes rich, with bacon, resin, black pepper and some burn..." (10/10)

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 By: Gene |  Review Date: 9/22/2010 
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This wine is a big disappointment compared to the 2007. It's more alcoholic, at 15%, and indeed tannic, raw, and unbalanced, contrary to the "professional" reviews. Not a particularly pleasant drink, and it's hard to see how it could improve to ever go well with a meal.

 By: AndyG |  Review Date: 9/14/2010 
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I agree with the "raw intensity" and "assertive" comments from Wine Spectator. I disagree with the 90 points from Wine Advocate. To my palate, this wine is tannic, raw, and alcoholic. It's not bad, but it's not especially good.

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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- 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.
Country:

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.