2015 Bodegas Volver "Tarima Hill - Old Vines" Monastrell Alicante

SKU #1350787 93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 From old vines and aged 14-16 months in French oak, the 2015 Tarima Hill sports an inky color as well as a smoking bouquet of black raspberries, blueberries, pepper, and dried flowers. It's broad, expansive, and sweetly fruited, with a great mid-palate and sweet tannin. It's a sexy fruit bomb done with class!

92 points Wine Spectator

 This red shows grace and depth. Black cherry, plum, mineral and smoke flavors mingle harmoniously over well-integrated tannins, while lively acidity keeps this focused. Not showy, but all the pieces fit together. Balanced, in the modern style. Monastrell. Drink now through 2025. *Smart Buys* (TM)  (12/2017)

91 points Vinous

 Bright purple. Heady, exotic aromas of candied dark fruits, incense, vanilla and smoky minerals, backed by subtle floral notes. Sweet and broad on the palate, offering intense blueberry and cherry-vanilla flavors braced by a spine of juicy acidity. Hangs on with strong tenacity on the finish, which features velvety tannins and an echo of sweet blue fruit. (JR)  (5/2017)

K&L Notes

Bodegas Volver's Tarima Hill Monastrell (Mourvèdre) is sourced from estate-grown, ungrafted, organic, dry-farmed vines that 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, then 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: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/19/2018 | Send Email
This is an especially fruit forward, rich and lush Tarima Hill vintage. Whereas past vintages show a bit more of an exotic and spicy oak imprint, the 2015 in my mind is all about the fruit. Just a bit of smoky French oak is quickly overtaken by dense, thickly textured blackberry and black cherry confit. This is a wine that always over delivers for the price, generates tons of repeat orders, and anecdotally, is enthusiastically received by critics, customers, staff, and friends and family alike.

Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/19/2018 | Send Email
The previous vintage of Tarima Hill was one of my favorite values in store, and the 2015 release proves to continue this trend. Highly lauded in the 2017 Wine Spectator Top 100 and landing as the 17th best on the list, this wine has no shortage of accolades. Fruit sources utilized are from 50-80 year Monastrell vines planted upon primarily limestone soils. On the nose, the wine exhibits candied dark fruits and plush red fruit notes, along with sugar plums, garrigue, and dried flowers. On the palate, flavors of blackberries and cherries play with notes of vanilla, spice, and balsamic glaze. Velvety tannins and a balanced acidity make this wine quite texturally pleasing. One of the best values in store, especially for under $15!
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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.
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.