2014 Bodegas Volver "Tarima Hill - Old Vines" Monastrell Alicante

SKU #1331332 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Lastly, the 2014 Tarima Hill, from Alicante, is also 100% Mourvèdre aged 20 months in French oak and from the oldest vines of the estate, planted 1935-1975. They are also relatively high elevation, at 2,000 to 2,400 feet above sea level. This wine shows wonderful, pure aromatics of blueberry, black raspberries, chalk and spring flowers. The wine has beautiful, full-bodied texture, impressive ripeness and purity and length. The minerality is present, and the wine a heck of a value. (RP)  (8/2016)

90 points James Suckling

 Intense prune, spice and leather aromas, massive tannins and a huge fleshy body mark this out as a prototypical, modern Spanish monastrell, but it isn't either as heavy nor sweet as many others. Drink now.  (7/2017)

Wine Spectator

 Black olive, tar and toasted walnut flavors frame a core of roasted plum and meaty notes in this ripe red. Light, firm tannins and balsamic acidity provide structure. (TM, Web-2016)

K&L Notes

Bodegas Volver's Tarima Hill Monastrell (Mourvedre) is sourced from estate-grown, ungrafted, organic, dry-farmed vines which were planted between 1935 and 1970 in the shallow limestone soils of Alicante. The grapes are cultivated and harvested entirely by hand and manually sorted at the winery and fermented on indigenous yeast. The wine was then aged for 14 months in primarily new French oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/29/2017 | Send Email
Don't be fooled by the price, this is a serious wine that packs a punch. Fleshy and ripe without bordering on off-dry, this is powerful and rich while maintaining a sense of balance. Well integrated tannin and acidity provide lift to the generous fruit. Ripe, juicy blackberry, blueberry and figs, violets, cloves and dried herbs provide the backbone on this incredible offering from Bodegas Volver. If you like big, bold wines, this should definitely be on your list of wines to try.

Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/8/2017 | Send Email
This red delivers a whole lot with respect to the under-$20 price point. Organic Monastrell grapes from vines 50-80 years old. Initial notes of sugar plum, red and dark cherries, and strawberry coulis. Hints of herbs and earth as well. On the palate, this wine pleasantly surprised me with a higher acidity than I had expected at first. The fruit quality is ripe, but definitively not overripe nor bordering on off-dry. Flavors of ripe red and dark fruit alike: dark cherry, strawberry, prune, and blackberry compote. Charming black and white pepper, tarragon, and sage notes as well. A touch of vanilla at the end, expected as the wine sees around 14 months in new oak barrels. A well-made, modern style of Monastrell that is sure to please those who are fans of California Cabernet Sauvignon. A great choice as a weekday dinner red to go with various meat dishes

Staff Image By: Chantel Carroll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2017 | Send Email
This is a great example of old vine Monastrell (Mourvedre) under $20. The nose had a lot of ripe black fruit, strawberry jam, sweet spice and a hint of olive. The palate delivered a nice amount of dried raspberry and fig, black peppercorn and a hint of thyme. The complexity of this wine blew me away, great acidity and a hearty but friendly tannin, with ample fruit. A great wine to share with friends. It's no wonder this wine received 92 points from Robert Parker!

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2017 | Send Email
While the 2015 vintage of Tarima Hill placed an impressive #17 on this year's Wine Spectator Top 100 list, it is the 2014 that many winemakers and Spanish critics consider the stronger vintage on the Mediterranean influenced, eastern portion of Spain. As usual, this is all old vine Monastrell, which gives fresh, spicy, satisfying, more deeply pitched red fruit flavors and an underlying citrus peel note, with just a smidge of new oak influence which rounds out the texture and contributes a bit of flavor as well. Deceptively complex for a $12.99 wine - and a wine that I am used to being a bit plumper from its earlier vintages - I found myself editing this review a few times as the wine opened up and developed with time. A delicious, super friendly wine for entertaining - at a great price.

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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.