Olivares Monastrell Dulce 2010
6 Bottle Mix $26.09 / 12 Bottle Mix $23.19
92 points - Wine Advocate
The 2010 Olivares Dulce is produced from un-grafted, 50-year-old Monastrell harvested at the end of October and early November, with a slight over-ripeness of the grapes. Very intense and fresh, high-toned, with tension. The elegant, velvety palate is full-bodied, sweet and persistent, with a special freshness that makes it unique. It still shows a little bit of tannin that should get polished with a few more months in bottle. Experiment with cheeses rather than with sweet desserts. Very drinkable. 36,000 half-liter bottles produced. It would probably evolve and last for a very long time. This is the benchmark for the sweet red wines of the region.
Olivares' estate vineyard, Finca Hoya de Santa Ana, is located in Jumilla's
northwestern quadrant, whose unique characteristics distinguish it from the rest
of the appellation. For example, this special zone lies at over 800 meters
elevation, where nights cool down quickly, resulting in wines with astounding
freshness and equilibrium.
But, perhaps more importantly, Paco's 65 hectare here boasts incredibly sandy
soil and ungrafted vines, of which this may be the world's largest individual
holding. The former provides the wine with a rich perfume; the latter depth and
Prior to 1998, the Selva family's business was in bulk wine, but each year
they made an ambrosial dessert wine-Dulce-for their own
consumption. To produce this nectar, they left a few acres of vines to hang late
into the fall. Even in normal vintages, these vines achieved spectacular
This wine was reserved solely for the family until 1998, when they began to
commercialize it. It was an immediate sensation in Spain, with top restaurants
and shops rushing to feature it.
#13608 Case: 500ML / 12