2009 Bodegas Volver Tempranillo

Year: 2009
Appellation: La Mancha
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 90+
Red Wine
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"We next moved to a great value that I would unquestionably drink as a house wine, the 2009 Volver from La Mancha. Made from 50-year old Tempranillo vines, it sells for an astonishing $16-$17 a bottle." -Robert Parker (Hedonist's Gazette) (WA)

"($16) (100% tempranillo): Bright purple. Dark berries, cherry pit, licorice and tobacco on the nose. Slowly unfolds to offer sappy cassis and bitter cherry flavors lifted by tangy acidity and complicated by a peppery, spicy quality. Finishes gripping and long, with resonating cherry and spice notes. Give this some aeration or a couple more years of bottle age. " (IWC)

"Remember what I said about Jorge Ordonez? No? Well read up on him here on my post dedicated to his wine. He’s a legendary wine importer and the 2009 Bodegas Volver Tempranillo is probably his best value ever. Call me a fanboy. Go ahead. Jorge Ordonez is to me what Steve Jobs is to Apple fanatics.

I’ve had this wine for the last three vintages and the 2009 is the best yet. Volver routinely scores 90 points but this year Robert Parker gave it 92 points saying “I would unquestionably drink as a house wine.” Parker doesn’t review Spanish wines anymore, but he had this and thought it was so good that he wrote it up in his quarterly publication. Need a back-up rating? Tanzer gave it 90+ points which is pretty much epic (he’s tough) for a $12 wine.

This wine pours an opaque purple/black and is incredibly polished. It’s made in a modern style, with ripe flavors and sweet oak, but it’s not obnoxious or over the top. I would love to do a blind tasting with this wine and a bottle of Numanthia Termes (also a Tempranillo), which is one of my favorites. My guess is it would be a toss up – and Volver is half the price. What’s more, as good as this wine is now, I would expect it to get better with a couple of years of bottle age – a perfect argument for buying a whole case. I’ll be trying that one out on my wife.

According to Wine Searcher (the industry standard in wine price benchmarking), LA Wine Co. has everyone else beat by a full dollar." (Nickel & Dime)