"This bold red features a thick, rich texture, with ripe, heady flavors of currant and blackberry preserves, backed by cocoa, espresso and loamy earth notes. Muscular tannins are well-integrated, with enough orange peel acidity to keep this lively. Harmonious, in a full-throttle style."
Tarima - Wine Spectator
Triga - 2016
“Plush and polished, this red delivers ripe blackberry and currant flavors, supported by well-integrated tannins and fresh acidity. Notes of dark chocolate, licorice and blood orange add interest.”
“These Mourvedre vines are grown at 2,000-2,500 feet, where they’re influenced by the Mediterranean Sea and the nearby continental plateau of La Mancha. Soils are mostly limestone and chalk with fossilized limestone chunks, blended with clay and sand. The wine has smoky aromas and a gamey complexity after aging for 20 months in French oak barrels. A big wine: full and rich on the palate, with very ripe blackberry, dried fig flavors, and a touch of clove in the finish.”
“Full disclosure: I tried five years of Volver’s Triga at an on-site wine tasting, and because it was so good that I drained each glass (for research, of course), my notes got a little weird. If we’re going to choose favorites, the 2012 was the absolute best, followed by the 2013—but at $40-plus, they’re a little more of a splurge. The 2014, even though it’s a little younger and not quite as developed as the older vintages, was still exceptional and manages to fall within budget. Made with monastrell and cabernet grapes, this wine brings a strong whiff of chocolate (yum) before serving up licorice and dark fruit (think ripe, juicy blackberries). The rest of my tipsy notes say, “insanely good. Stop being this good."
“Pretty much everything that comes from the winery, which is run by Enrique’s son Pepe, is exceptionally good. The wine is clean, fresh, and super vibrant (and tastes way more expensive than it is). It’s basically a delicious fruit salad, with plums, cherry, raspberry, and other red fruits, plus a little chocolate on the end. It’s great for picnics or with anything grilled (I want to try it with lamb).”
“As with the Las Quebradas, I also had two vintages to taste of the other single-vineyard Monastrell, the 2017 Estrecho, from vines planted on sandy soils and fermented with indigenous yeasts. It matured in French oak barrels and foudre for 15 months. This is subtler and more elegant than the 2016 I tasted next to it. The wine has character, the chalky texture of the limestone soils and some austerity within the generous Mediterranean style of the year, which has resulted in fresher and more precise wines.”
“I tasted two vintages, 2016 and 2017, two very different years, of their top single-vineyard Monastrell bottlings, including the 2017 Las Quebradas from a vineyard covered in limestone boulders (caliche). This is a pure Monastrell from very poor soils, and it fermented with indigenous yeasts in square oak vats with manual punch-down of the cap. This showcases the power of the elegance, austerity and dry texture of the rocky limestone soils, the warmth of the Mediterranean and an elegant rusticity that makes it very attractive. The decision between this and the Estrecho is more a matter of taste, but the quality level is pretty similar, and very high! I'll give this the edge in 2017.”
“The 2016 Las Quebradas was cropped from a very different yearn than the 2017, and the two vintages compared together show very different profiles, which was also the case with the other single-vineyard Monastrell, Estrecho. It fermented in a combination of square oak vats and open-top barriques in a kind of infusion, avoiding too much extraction, and it matured in French oak barrels. There is a little more rusticity in the 2016s, and even the oak seems a little more evident here. There is a little more tannin and concentration, but the wines are not aggressive —here is power with control. The vinification has been fine-tuned in the last few years; it's a lot softer and respects the character of the grape, vintage and soil more.”
“The pure Monastrell 2017 La Tremenda always represents great value and showcases the behavior of the grape in the Mediterranean climate and soil from Alicante. The grapes from 25-year-old vines fermented in small stainless steel vats, and the wine matured in French oak barrels for six months. There are notes of fresh fruit, rosemary and thyme, with clean aromas, open and expressive. The palate is juicy and round, and this is an entry-level red that represents the higher volume in the winery. This wine reflects the changes over the last seven or eight years: they do three tries of the harvest, and the first bunches tend to go to this wine. The well-seasoned barrels also go to this wine, and the vinification is much softer. The result is fruit-driven, with just a spicy twist. 2017 seems a lot cooler in the Mediterranean part of Spain than in most of the inland regions like Rioja, Ribera del Duero and so on. This is a bargain Monastrell.”
“The 2016 Santa Rosa is a blend of 35% Monastrell, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 15% Shiraz from grapes grown at their Chaconero estate in Villena in inland Alicante. It fermented with uncrushed grapes and indigenous yeasts and matured in brand new French barrique for 16 months. The oak is very nicely integrated, and the increased amount of Monastrell seems to contribute to a more moderate nose with some minty and balsamic notes coupled with Mediterranean herbs and very good freshness. The palate reveals abundant tannins that might require some more time in bottle and/or powerful food. It's a more elegant version of Santa Rosa, one of the best in recent times.”