The 2011 Tarima Hill is quite simply sensational. Made from Monastrell grapes, this full-bodied blockbuster boasts plenty of blue and black fruit notes, impressive purity with an enticing texture as well as length.
It’s hard to believe a wine of this quality can be had for $15 a bottle.
Bodegas Volver, a joint venture between importer Jorge Ordonez and Rafael Canizares, produces wines from huge holdings of 252 acres in La Mancha, 457 acres in Alicante and 125 acres in Jumilla. Some of the wines are fashioned from organic grapes, which is made clear on the label.
The 2011 Tarima Hill exhibits deep garnet color with flashes of violet and a bouquet of dark red cherries and leather. On the palate the wine achieves its full potential, offering notes of black berries, plums and licorice with an elegant but persistent finish.
93 Points – Guia Penin:
Cherry Color, garnet edge. Spicy Aroma, toasty, ripe fruit, mineral. Palate: powerful, rich, toasty, ripe tanins.
91 Points – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate:
The 2011 Tarima Hill is made from old vine Mourvedre grown at a high elevation of 2,000-2,500 feet. Aged 20 months in French oak, its sensational inky/purple color is followed by a sweet bouquet of acacia flowers, blueberry liqueur, blackberries and graphite, and a full-bodied, rich mouthfeel. This sensational red wine could easily sell for three to five times the price with no complaints.
91 Points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar:
Bright purple. Complex, perfumed scents of dark berry liqueur, cola, incense and smoky oak spices. Plush and expansive, offering sweet cherry compote and blueberry flavors complicated by notes of floral pastille and bitter chocolate. At once rich and lively, finishing with excellent power, smooth tannins and a late jolt of allspice. Boasts surprising vivacity for its depth and richness.