Friday, October 21, 2011

2009 Olivares "Altos de la Hoya"

While this wine has been on my "best buy" list for the past couple of years, the 2009 Bodegas Olivares Altos de la Hoya Monastrell, Jumilla brings even more structure than previous vintages. Uncommonly complex for a wine in this price range, the nose throws floral/violet notes, a touch of cured meat, barnyard, the blackest of fruits and restrained French oak at you while the palate offers chalky, earthy, black cherry flavors. The texture is a bit coarse/chalky with balanced acidity and tannins and a pleasantly bitter finish. Not something I recommend for sipping, but lovely (in that rustic, earthy kind of way) with a steaming bowl of paella laden with chorizo and chicken. About $12

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