2011 Bodegas Volver "Tarima Hill" Monastrell Alicante

SKU #1153196 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Tarima Hill is made from old vine Mourvedre grown at a high elevation of 2,000-2,500 feet. Aged 20 months in French oak, its sensational inky/purple color is followed by a sweet bouquet of acacia flowers, blueberry liqueur, blackberries and graphite, and a full-bodied, rich mouthfeel. This sensational red wine could easily sell for three to five times the price with no complaints. It should age easily for another 5-6 years.  (9/ 2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (100% monastrell, from vines that were planted between 1935 and 1970; malo and 20 months of elevage in French oak): Bright purple. Complex, perfumed scents of dark berry liqueur, cola, incense and smoky oak spices. Plush and expansive, offering sweet cherry compote and blueberry flavors complicated by notes of floral pastille and bitter chocolate. At once rich and lively, finishing with excellent power, smooth tannins and a late jolt of allspice. Boasts surprising vivacity for its depth and richness.  (9/ 2013)

K&L Notes

According to Robert Parker: "Bodegas Volver, a joint venture between importer Jorge Ordonez and Rafael Canizares, produces wines from huge holdings of 252 acres in La Mancha, 457 acres in Alicante and 125 acres in Jumilla. Some of the wines are fashioned from organic grapes, which is made clear on the label." (09/2013)

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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.