Bodegas Olivares Altos de la Hoya 2008

Mourvedre from Spain

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Item No. 102488
  • red wine
  • ST91
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

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Winemaker's Notes

The heat-loving Monastrell is known as Mourvèdre in France's Rhone valley. Jumilla records show that Monastrell was used at least as early as the 15th century. Like the Rhone, Jumilla gets extremely hot during the summer days, but because of the 1,500 foot elevation, nights are very cool. This allows the grapes to become physiologically ripe, yet maintain their acidity.

Critical Acclaim

"Inky purple. Deep, smoky, seductively perfumed bouquet of dark berries, macerated cherries, licorice and Indian spices. Powerful blackberry and cassis flavors are surprisingly lively, with notes of black cardamom and candied violet adding complexity. A zesty note of cracked pepper adds snap to the long, spicy, subtly sweet finish. Once again, this is probably the top value I found in my annual tastings of new releases from Spain. Some of the vines in this plot reportedly date back to 1872."
91 Points

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Rating:
(1/1/2011)
This may be my new fave varietal - lush, fruity yet dry, not overly tannic and pleasingly complex. Had not tried Mourvedre before so I don't know if it's the grape or this vineyard's prep, but it's a winner!
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Rating:
(10/5/2010)
excellent red wine for its price, not as full bodied as a rioja but the wood like sweeter taste works wonderfully with rich beef cuts like a steak poivre and/or blue cheese.
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Rating:
(9/28/2010)
Based on taste, this wine is worth more than the selling price. It has a very smooth taste and not overpowering. I didn't give 5 stars because I have tasted similar wines that were a bit more complex. Still, very good.
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Learn About Bodegas Olivares Map ItMap It

Jumilla was one of the few places in Europe spared during the Phylloxera epidemic of the late 1800's. Virtually everywhere else on the continent, vineyards were devastated and, to this day, can only be planted when grafted onto American rootstock. For Jumilla, the key to its vineyards' survival was their sandy soil-which is anathema to the Phylloxera insect. As a glorious...

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Learn About Other Spain

The third largest country in production, Spain ranks first in land under vine. Diversity and innovation are the key factors bringing Spain back into the world wine market. The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino...

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Learn About Mourvedre

Mourvedre(moor-VEHD(r)) A native of Spain, where it's called Monastrell, Mourvedre is best known for its blending role in the Southern Rhone. Strong and rustic, Mourvedre is the cowboy style blender in the Rhone mix. It's also the M of GSM (or SGM) blends in Australia, and it's used as the primary grape in wines from Jumilla and other Southeast areas of Spain. Notable Facts The...

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