Bodegas Olivares 2011 “Altos de la Hoya” Jumilla

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.

Bodegas Olivares "Altos de la Hoya" Jumilla
Bodegas Olivares “Altos de la Hoya” Jumilla

Technical Stuff

A blend of 90% Monastrell and 10% Garnacha from Jumilla. Native fermentation. 14% alcohol. Retail price of around $12/bottle.

Tasting notes

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.

For more info, visit Bodegas Oliveras

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A Wine With Layers of Jammy Fruit, Herbs, and Spices- Trapio 2006 Monastrell

I love a wine with personality…a bottle with lots of flavor that keeps me coming back for another sip.  Trapio Monastrell from La Purisma Bodegas definitely fits that description.  A great wine from Spain with layers of jammy fruit, herbs, and spice.

About the Wine- From the Winery

Trapio 2006 Monastrell is 100% Monastrell from Yecla, Spain.  It has 14% alcohol and retails for $24.99.  For more information see www.marquee.com

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

Trapio Monastrell pours a deep, blackish plum in the glass.  The nose has notes of dark berries, prune, fennel, and spice.  The palate is packed full of sweet, dark berries, plum, and prune.  Tastes of liquorice, mint, and a hint of pepper are interwoven with the fruit.  Trapio has the essence of a port but is not as sweet with much more depth from the herbs and spices.  A really nice wine that will keep your taste buds awake!

My Wine Rating- B+

Food Pairing Suggestions- This wine pairs well with dark chocolate, a burger with blue cheese, or gilled lamb chops

*This wine was sent to me as a sample for the purpose of review

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A New Release from Bodegas La Purisma- Capa Rota 2009 Monastrell Syrah

So while I said I was done with my Labor Day weekend wine recommendations, I just enjoyed another bottle that is perfect for your long weekend.  Bodegas La Pursima, a winery in Spain, just released a new blend of Monastrell and Syrah in the US.  Monastrell is a great match for grilled meats and this bottle provides an exceptional value.

About the Wine- From the Winery

Capa Rota Monastrell Syrah is a blend of 70% Monastrell and 30% Syrah from the Yecla region in Spain.  It has 13.5% alcohol and retails for $9.99.  For more information see the winery at www.bodegaslapurisima.com or the importer at www.marquee.com

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

This blend pours a deep ruby in the glass.  The nose is enticing with smokey notes of dark berries.  The wine opens up with rich tastes of jammy blackberries and raspberries.  Hints of cherries and plum are surrounded by flexible tannins.  The wine has a lively, spicy finish that mellows the jamminess of the fruit.  A balanced blend perfect for grilled meats that is a great find for under $10!

My Wine Rating- B

Food Pairing Suggestions- This wine is perfect for grilled pork chops, grilled lamb, or paella.

*This wine was sent to me as a sample for the purpose of review

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Bodegas Luzon “Luzon” Jumilla 2008

I have heard good things about the 2007 vintage of this wine.  It was named Wine Enthusiast’s #1 Top Value Wine of 2008 and many rave reviews have been written about it.  I was wandering around Whole Foods today (I could spend hours exploring my favorite grocery store and often do) and the 2008 vintage caught my eye so I grabbed a bottle. 

About the Wine- From the Winery

The Luzon Jumilla 2008 is 70% Monastrell and 30% Syrah with 14.5% alcohol.  The wine comes from the Jumilla appellation in Spain and retails for around $8.  For more information see www.bodegasluzon.com

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

The wine pours an intense purple.  It has a sweet and spicy nose of ripe blackberries and pepper with floral undertones.  I immediately think this wine is going to make a statement…indeed it does.  It is a powerful, spicy wine with big fruit tastes of blackberry and blueberry surrounded by silky tannins.  It explodes with a long peppery finish and a hint of licorice as it lingers.   This is a nice, flavor-packed wine and is definitely worth buying, especially for $8. 

 My Wine Rating- B

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