Thursday, January 28, 2010

$13 - 2007 Bodegas Volver, Tempranillo, La Mancha
(Spain, Castilla-La Mancha, La Mancha)

Every now and then I run into a Tempranillo that I like. The problem is that if you have ever had Rioja Reserva from the likes of Lopez de Heredia, Muga, Marques de Murrieta, or Aratdi its typically all down hill from there as that is the classic, benchmark representation of Tempranillo for the world. Is this wine close to that, no, but I don't think that was the intention of Bodega Volver and I am okay with that. Most Tempranillo under $15 is best left alone, or I just have had the worst luck with the under $15 category. The Volver is a great casual mid-week wine.

Volver Tempranillo is made in a more modern style and hails from the lesser known region of La Mancha. Jorge Ordonez Selections is the importer, who is widely known for importing other great wines from Spain, many more modern in style and in a great affordable price range.

Tasting Notes

Color: Dark core with purple red edges.

Nose & Palate: Hearty and rustic black fruits and gobs of sweet black licorice mingle with some bramble and tobacco notes. Noticeable tannins on the finish so have with heartier foods.

Satisfying wine, mostly modern in style with a touch of rusticity. This is a pretty big wine, so if you are looking for old school Tempranillo, this may not be for you.

Grapes: 100% Tempranillo


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