2014 Bodegas Volver "Tarima Hill - Old Vines" Monastrell Alicante SKU #1331332


RP 92 JS 90
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Bodegas Volver's Tarima Hill Monastrell (Mourvedre) is sourced from estate-grown, ungrafted, organic, dry-farmed vines which 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 and 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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  • Morgan Laurie
    By: Morgan Laurie
    K&L Staff Member
    Don't be fooled by the price, this is a serious wine that packs a punch. Fleshy and ripe without bordering on off-dry, this is powerful and rich while maintaining a sense of balance. Well integrated tannin and acidity provide lift to the generous fruit. Ripe, juicy blackberry, blueberry and figs, violets, cloves and dried herbs provide the backbone on this incredible offering from Bodegas Volver. If you like big, bold wines, this should definitely be on your list of wines to try.
  • Joe Bruno
    By: Joe Bruno
    K&L Staff Member
    This red delivers a whole lot with respect to the under-$20 price point. Organic Monastrell grapes from vines 50-80 years old. Initial notes of sugar plum, red and dark cherries, and strawberry coulis. Hints of herbs and earth as well. On the palate, this wine pleasantly surprised me with a higher acidity than I had expected at first. The fruit quality is ripe, but definitively not overripe nor bordering on off-dry. Flavors of ripe red and dark fruit alike: dark cherry, strawberry, prune, and blackberry compote. Charming black and white pepper, tarragon, and sage notes as well. A touch of vanilla at the end, expected as the wine sees around 14 months in new oak barrels. A well-made, modern style of Monastrell that is sure to please those who are fans of California Cabernet Sauvignon. A great choice as a weekday dinner red to go with various meat dishes
  • Chantel Carroll
    By: Chantel Carroll
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a great example of old vine Monastrell (Mourvedre) under $20. The nose had a lot of ripe black fruit, strawberry jam, sweet spice and a hint of olive. The palate delivered a nice amount of dried raspberry and fig, black peppercorn and a hint of thyme. The complexity of this wine blew me away, great acidity and a hearty but friendly tannin, with ample fruit. A great wine to share with friends. It's no wonder this wine received 92 points from Robert Parker!
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    While the 2015 vintage of Tarima Hill placed an impressive #17 on this year's Wine Spectator Top 100 list, it is the 2014 that many winemakers and Spanish critics consider the stronger vintage on the Mediterranean influenced, eastern portion of Spain. As usual, this is all old vine Monastrell, which gives fresh, spicy, satisfying, more deeply pitched red fruit flavors and an underlying citrus peel note, with just a smidge of new oak influence which rounds out the texture and contributes a bit of flavor as well. Deceptively complex for a $12.99 wine - and a wine that I am used to being a bit plumper from its earlier vintages - I found myself editing this review a few times as the wine opened up and developed with time. A delicious, super friendly wine for entertaining - at a great price.


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