Vintage: 2012
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: Spain
Region: Jumilla
Appellation: Jumilla
Wine type: Red
Varietals: Mourvedre (Monastrell)
Varietal notes: Monastrell 92%, 8% Garnacha
Organic: Practicing
Vineyard: Fruit is sourced from an 11 hectare vineyard of ungrafted vines many of which were planted in 1872. The vineyard is referred to as Finca Hoya de Santa Ana and this bottling comes from the best parcel and the highest point so they call it Altos de la Hoya...meaning the "highest from La Hoya".
Orientation: Located in the northern part of the appellation at close to 825 meters in elevation.
Soil: sand and chalk
Viticulture: bush trained vines. Functionally organic.
Vinification: traditional fermentation.
Aging: aged in a combination of barrique and demi-muid. A few are new but most are 2nd and 3rd passage barrels from elite Burgundy producers.
Publication: IWC
Rating: 91
Deep ruby. Smoky, deeply pitched dark berry compote, licorice and bitter chocolate scents show very good clarity, picking up a sexy floral note with aeration. Stains the palate with intense black and blue fruit flavors, with a lavender pastille quality emerging on the back half. At once rich and energetic on the finish, which clings with excellent tenacity and smooth tannins. A remarkable value, from a country known for delivering bang for the buck.