This 100% Monastrell (aka Mourvedre) comes from Bodegas Volver’s plantings in the Alicante DO, an area believed to have a 7000 year old history in viticulture. With vineyards now planted predominantly to Monastrell, the vines used for the Tarima Hill range from 40-75 years old. Intensely dark in color, with blackberry, earth and a hint of pepper on the nose; the palate is dense and focused with rich fruit and a delightful spice on the lingering finish.
93 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: “The opaque purple-colored 2010 Tarima Hill exhibits notes of chocolate fudge, pen ink, graphite, blueberries and blackberries. This full-bodied, 100% Monastrell should drink well for a decade or more. These amazing efforts taste more like they should cost $30 to $50 as opposed to the mid-teens.”
91 Points, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: “(100% monastrell, from vines that were reportedly planted between 1935 and 1970; malo[lactic] in oak and then aged in French oak for 20 months): Opaque ruby. Powerful cherry and cassis aromas are brightened by suave mineral, star anise and floral elements. Intense dark berry flavors are pleasantly bitter and surprisingly lithe, with spice and violet pastille notes adding interest. Gains sweetness and depth on the subtly tannic, very long finish, which leaves smoky mineral and floral notes behind.”
Behind the wine:
Today’s offer was originally scheduled for next month, but in receiving word that little remains in our distributor’s warehouse, we decided to sneak in one last May offer so as not to miss out on this wonderful gem from Spanish producer Bodegas Volver.
Jorge Ordonez is the mastermind behind Bodegas Volver. In the late 1980s, Ordonez pioneered efforts to change consumers’ perceptions of Spanish wine, particularly in the US where cheap Sherries and bland table reds largely embodied Americans’ picture of the Spanish wine industry. Ordonez partnered with top vineyards and winemakers to create a portfolio of high quality, premium wine and also implemented processes for transportation to ensure the quality of the wine was not compromised on its journey. The wineries Ordonez established over his decades in the business are successfully producing many wines praised by critics and consumers alike. Included in this group is today’s Tarima Hill Monastrell from Bodegas Volver which, in addition to receiving a stellar 93 Points from Robert Parker, comes with a very humble price tag.
As mentioned, there are very few bottles of this wine available. This is our one shot at securing a stash, so don’t hesitate to snag some of this killer value!