Bodegas Olivares 2016 'Altos De La Hoya' Monastrell, Jumilla DO
Item Number: 12274
Sub Region: Murcia
Appellation/AVA: Jumilla DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 90% Monastrell / 10% Garnacha
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Sand
Altos de la Hoya is made exclusively from old, ungrafted vineyards. It is certainly a phenomenal value, but also shows the breed and restraint that are the hallmarks of great wine.
Location: Bodegas Olivares is located in the northern part of Jumilla, which offers superior growing conditions. The vineyards are at high elevations of over 800 meters (2,625 feet), where nights cool down quickly resulting in wines with astounding freshness and equilibrium. The sandy soil has allowed for a percentage of vines to be own-rooted (ungrafted). This particular wine comes from an 11-hectare vineyard, which includes vines planted between 1872 and present day.
Aging: Wine is aged in a combination of barrique and demi-muid. A few barrels are new, but most are second and third passage barrels from elite Burgundy producers.
90pts (2015 Vintage) Wine Advocate 12/29/2017
"The 2015 Monastrell Altos de la Hoya is dry-farmed, ungrafted, old Monastrell with some 5% Garnacha fermented in 10,000-liter stainless steel vats with indigenous yeasts and aged in used barriques and larger oak vats for six to eight months. This is more serious and has more depth and concentration, with black fruit and the oak nicely integrated into the wine. There are mineral notes of graphite and earth and a medium-bodied palate with fine-grained tannins and a tasty finish."