Tarima HIll, Bodegas Volver, 2010

002The third of three different bottles we scored at Pete’s in Seattle recently; all over 90 points WA/WS, and all well under $20.  The anguish of inflated over-taxed wine in BC…


This had (the worst label imaginable, half three year old learning Spirograph, half hermaphroditic nudibranch, what were they thinking? as well as) a pasted review of the most glowing tribute imaginable, lauding the winemaker, the quality, the price, which was all true, as well as this quip: “Certainly, one could say that Jorge Ordonez if a gift from Bacchus to thrifty wine consumers” which I take as a slight dig at RP having to laud “thrifty” bottles (how horrible he had to dirty his palate) as well as a dig at any wine consumer who balks at the price of “highly rated” wine.


A very dense and rewarding red from very old vines (1935) with a strong immediate hit of berry and cocoa and a big pack of pepper (100% Monastrell or Mourvedre, but to the average North American I think we’d finger this akin to a hefty Oz Shiraz) with a superb long cassis finish.  But it was also 15% alcohol.  It seemed impossible after a glass and a half not to like this wine.  We went through the bottle without any difficulty, liking it more with each glass.  Ah, the life of the wine reviewer.  Port next.003


Superb with Spanish chorizo, vegetables, salads, tapas.  And two liters of sparkling water.


Price: A spectacular $12.99 USD (or, a mere $11.25 if you lived in the US and could buy it by the half case).


Market Liquidity: One bottle of Le Vieux Pin Equinoxe versus nine—that’s right, nine—bottles Tarima Hill.  It’s a no brainer.

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