Some of you may remember Bodegas Olivares’ Altos de la Hoya, the incredibly complex red from southern Spain that has gained a growing number of fans ever since we first wrote about it a few of autumns back.
Good news: Altos is back and is drinking well. As with the Mica, we made a substantial purchase that allowed us to offer it at the lowest price ever.
Why is this wine so good? Let’s review…
The most respected producer in Jumilla of old vine Monastrell is Bodegas Olivares. Their vineyards, in addition to being un-grafted, at are at high elevation and famously produce the best example of serious wine from the appellation, Altos de la Hoya.
Instead of the super-fruity, somewhat indistinct reds for which the region is known, Olivares produces a best-in-class version which has won both the affection of the most demanding critics and the hearts of consumers who can’t believe that this combination of power and balance can be found for under $15 per bottle.
There’s nothing quite like this amazing value from Spain. Ancient vines (some are 140 years old) produce great wines and this delicious wine from the Monastrell grape proves the point. The 2009 is no exception.
Here’s what some of the critic’s have to say…
“Bright violet. Spicy, floral-accented aromas of black raspberry, sassafras, dried flowers and allspice, enhanced by a subtle mineral overtone. Lively and precise, with sweet red and dark berry flavors and a nervy mineral spine. Shows very good energy on the finish, leaving tangy red fruit and spice notes. This is quite unlike most wines from Jumilla, which can show more richness than balance.”
– 90 points (Stephen Tanzer, IWC)
Special case price of $100