2011 Volver Tempranillo

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This dry farmed, single vineyard Tempranillo comes to us from eastern part of the La Mancha region of Spain. A joint venture between Spanish wine importer Jorge Ordonez and enologist Rafael Canizares, Volver is all estate grown on some of the 228 acres of vineyards with vines average age of 40 years. The vines are grown in sandy soils and clay with rocks and stones found throughout making it a challenge to grow grapes. Volver exemplifies how the Tempranillo grape grows in the region. Surrounded by other vineyards that are trellised, the dry farming stresses the vines making for very concentrated grapes.

Aged for 14 months in French oak barrels, the 1,500 cases produced offer good tannins, fruit and acidity. With fruits and herbs on the nose you’ll find cola, cheery and vanilla on the palate. This wine would pair well with meats and is drinkable now but can also benefit from some short-term aging. Approx. $25 retail.

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