2010 Bodegas Volver Tarima Hill

Year: 2010
Appellation: Alicante
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 87
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
Price :
$12.95
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"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.

Bodega Volver, a joint project between Rafael Canizares and Jorge Ordonez, produces wines from three appellations, La Mancha, Alicante and Jumilla. Readers will need to take note of the nearly identical cuvees, some of which are made from organic grapes and others from non-organic grapes. That information is clearly marked on the labels. Slightly more expensive are the 2010 and 2009 Tarima Hill. These cuvees come from the winery’s oldest vines (20 acres of ungrafted vines that were planted in 1935) planted on the highest elevations." (WA)

"(100% monastrell, from vines that were reportedly planted between 1935 and 1970; malo 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." (IWC)

"Spunky and clean as a whistle, with pointed cherry aromas leading to a zesty, juicy palate with red plum and red berry flavors. It remains dry and poised on the finish. — M.S. (7/1/2012) " (WE)

Winery Notes:
The project is a joint venture of Jorge Ordonez and the Gil family located in Jumilla Spain. The grapes are 100% Monastrell with the age of the vines 25- 35 years old. The wine is 100% stainless steel fermented with some stirring of the lees to attain the maximum out of this variety. The soils are very chalky and are at an elevation of some 2,100 feet above sea level. The winery owns some (80 hectares) 192 acres of vineyards, some are under organic practices and are currently in the process of being certified organic.