A Spanish Single Vineyard wine, the 2008 Volver from La Mancha, has 15% alcohol, cost under $20, and scored 15 points on the Dionysian scale of 20.

Filled with exotic spices, the Tempranillo grapes was just a bit over-ripe; thus the excessive alcohol.  At twelve years old, it’s nearing its peak.


It was served with a beef and pasta dish that had plenty of Spanish olives in it. The pairing worked well. It’s a wine for big dishes, red meats, and even lamb would have worked.


The black fruits and red cherry aromas were pleasant. It was not hot. It was jammy, but still, meals do not need 15% alcohol wines.  In Vino Veritas.