The 2011 Dulce Monastrell was bottled at 16% alcohol with 195 grams of residual sugar. Produced with fruit from ungrafted, 50-year-old Monastrell vines that were hand-harvested in late October/early November, the wine starts fermenting with indigenous yeast and fortified to stop fermentation. It's bottled completely unoaked the June after the harvest and aged for two years in bottle before being sold. It has a complex nose of black olives, tomato vine and balsamic herbs. The palate is sweet but keeps fluid and while it could do with a little more freshness it has enough acidity. Quite pleasant. 30,000 bottles. The price given is for half a liter.
|Fruit Source: From an 11-hectare parcel
ungrafted vines planted between 1872 and
present. Hand harvested.
Yields: <17 hL/hA
Blend: 100% Monastrell (Mourvèdre) from the
vineyard’s oldest vines
Aging: Bottled June after the harvest.
Production: 3,000 cases.