After 3 2011 Organic Dessert Wine 500MLBodega Los Frailes
Winery: Bodegas Los Frailes
Denomination of Origin: DO Valencia
Varietal: Monastrell (Mouvedre)
Awards: 90 pts. Robert Parker
Ageing: 12 months in oak barrels
Format: Cork top, 500ML, Red Dessert Wine
Winery: Didn't think dessert wine was your thing? Then think again. This rich, intricate dessert wine is the perfect end to a fine meal. Have it on its own or even pair it with some chocolate. (After all, aren't both wine and chocolate aphrodisiacs?) It is sweet, but with just the right acidity to keep it from being too heavy or syrupy. After 3 is produced from over-ripened grapes of Casa los Fraile’s old Monastrell vines. Although very soft on the palate, the flavours lead into a great fruit explosion. An incredibly expressive wine.
Interesting tidbit - After 3 is the time when a typical Spanish lunch finishes. Spaniards then like to chat hours afterwards with drinks & dessert. They even have a name for it - sobremesa. Dinners also end at 3... that is 3am - Just kidding although sometimes it may!
From the moment we stepped foot onto Casa Los Frailes it was love at first sight. It's a pure gem! Located in the Valencia DO, the artisanal family owned winery takes its name from the Jesuit Friars (Frailes in Spanish) who occupied the Estate from the 16th to 18th century. The winery’s ancestors purchased the estate in a public auction in 1771. The property has remained within the same family for the last 250 years!
Casa Los Frailes is committed to preserving the land as well as honouring the history and traditions of the estate. The winery was certified organic in 2002 and currently follows biodynamic farming practices. Paying homage to their ancestors, a range of their wines are even aged in the Friar’s ancient concrete deposits from centuries ago. ¡Qué fuerte! (How cool is that!)