Even though I drink a lot of Mourvedre from France and California, I rarely pick up a bottle from Spain. In Spain, Mourvedre is known as Monastrell and is often grown in the heat prone region of Jumilla. While sometimes the wines produced in Jumilla are hot and overpowering, Bodegas Olivares 2011 “Altos de la Hoya” Jumilla is balanced and enjoyable. It is well-made and priced low enough to be a great, everyday value.
A blend of 90% Monastrell and 10% Garnacha from Jumilla. Native fermentation. 14% alcohol. Retail price of around $12/bottle.
Bodegas Olivares “Altos de la Hoya” Jumilla features aromas of cassis, blackberry, and dried flowers. The palate is bold and fruit-forward with tastes of black fruit, spice, minerals, and earth. With soft tannins and a long finish, this wine definitely over delivers for its price point! Pair with grilled meats.
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