2009 Bodegas Volver "Tarima Hill" Alicante

SKU #1120576 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Tarima Hill reveals sumptuous aromas of camphor, sweet, smoky oak, blackberry and blueberry liqueur, and crushed rocks. Deep and full-bodied with silky tannins and a long finish, this beauty was aged in 100% French oak for 20 months. Bodega Volver, a joint project between Rafael Canizares and Jorge Ordonez, produces wines from three appellations, La Mancha, Alicante and Jumilla... Slightly more expensive are the 2010 and 2009 Tarima Hill. These cuvees come from the winery’s oldest vines (20 acres of ungrafted vines that were planted in 1935) planted on the highest elevations.  (10/ 2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (100% monastrell): Vivid ruby. Sexy black raspberry and oak spices on the nose, with notes of fresh rose and anise adding complexity. Sweet, sappy and expansive, offering lively dark berry preserve flavors and a velour-like texture. Graceful and balanced but also packs a punch. Finishes smooth, spicy and quite long.  (10/ 2011)

K&L Notes

Volver's Tarima Hill vineyard is planted with 40-75 year old Monastrell (Mourvedre) vines which are pruned low to the ground and dry-farmed. These vines handle the wild summer day/night temperature swings and lack of rainfall beautifully. The Alicante region is less famous than some other regions in Spain such as Rioja, but its grape growing history dates back to Roman times, and probably as far back as the earliest eras of recorded history.

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 By: Paul Burt |  Review Date: 3/6/2013 
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Amazing wine for under $10. QPR defined. Dark garnet in the glass. Notes of dark cherry, cassis, blackberry, pepper, chocolate, brown spices and vanillin from oak. What a nose! The heat from the alcohol drifts off after some time in the glass and from there the fruits take over. The tannins turn slightly dark cherry sweet and, though they are full bodied, are covered by the fruit nicely. The dark cherry notes develops well and lingers on in a well defined aftertaste driven by good acidity. Honestly - this has all the parts to last well into 2017 with proper cellaring. Ready drink or hold - what a wine - Paul
Drink from 2013 to 2017

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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.