2013 Bodegas Volver "Tarima Hill" Monastrell Alicante

SKU #1258557 91 points Vinous

 Bright purple. An exotically perfumed bouquet displays scents of fresh black and blue fruits, licorice, vanilla and peppery spices. Juicy and incisive on the palate, offering sweet boysenberry and cassis flavors that flesh out on the back half. Sappy and concentrated, yet quite lively, finishing with smooth, shaping tannins and a strong punch. This sexy wine went through malolactic fermentation and was aged in French oak barrels for 20 months. (JR)  (1/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The best is the 2013 Tarima Hill, which is 100% Monastrell from vines planted between 1935-1970 in pure chalk. This is aged 20 months in 100% French oak. Bottled unfiltered, this has beautiful aromatics of blueberries, black raspberries, chalk dust and floral notes. The wine hits the palate with a fresh, medium to full-bodied, pure style. (RP)  (11/2015)

Wine Spectator

 This plush red offers ripe plum and blackberry flavors, with minty, licorice and cola notes imparting a toasty sweetness, and gentle tannins and lively acidity giving a touch of grip. (Web-2016) (TM)

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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.