2010 Bodegas Volver Tempranillo

Year: 2010
Appellation: La Mancha
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
Price :
$10.95
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"The 2010 Volver (100% Tempranillo) is a single vineyard, outstanding effort that was aged in French oak for 14 months prior to being bottled unfiltered. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by copious aromas of black currants, black cherries, pepper, underbrush and licorice. This well-made, medium to full-bodied effort should drink well for 4-5 years.

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% tempranillo, from vines planted in 1957 at 660 meters altitude; aged in French oak, half of it new, for 17 months and bottled without filtration): Glass-staining ruby. Explosive, seductively perfumed aromas of candied red and dark berries, incense, rose pastille and Asian spices. Sappy, penetrating black raspberry and blueberry flavors show excellent depth and clarity, with smoky mineral and star anise nuances gaining strength with air. Closes sweet and very long, with lingering spiciness and gentle tannins. Importer Jorge Ordonez told me that lots of high-end oak is used here, from the likes of Taransaud, Darnajou and Dominique Laurent, for example." (IWC)

"Hatched from the modern model, this dark, oaky Tempranillo is saturated in color, with flush, potent aromas of boysenberry, wood spice and lead pencil. It’s lively and bringing the volume, while flavors of charred, savory blackberry and barbecue end in a crusty tasting finish with some heat. Drink now through 2018.— M.S. (5/1/2013)" (WE)

"2010 is the third vintage of Volver’s Single Vineyard Tempranillo that I’ve written about on this blog. View previous posts here. CliffsNotes: this wine, year after year, is easily the best value in Spanish Tempranillo, which makes it the best value in Tempranillo.

I drink many wines in this price range. Some are good. Some aren’t. But none are as polished and decidedly high-end as this. The nose is totally explosive, the wine is ultra concentrated, and the finish lasts for an eternity. How do Rafael Canizares and Jorge Ordonez do it? Simple. They make Volver from vines planted in 1957 and age it in expensive French Oak barrels. And it sells for $13! Crazy isn’t it?" (Nickel and Dime)