Los Frailes Dolomitas 2016 OrganicBodega Los Frailes
Winery: Bodegas Los Frailes
Denomination of Origin: Valencia
Varietal: 100% Monastrell (Mourvedre)
Awards: 91+ pts. Robert Parker, 93 pts. Guia Peñin
Ageing: 10 months in concrete deposits and amphorae
Format: Cork top, 750ML, Red Wine
Wine: Ever heard the expression - You are what you eat? Well, the same holds true for wines. Wines are a direct product of their terroir - a region's climate, soil, and terrain. Bodega Los Frailes has painstakinly undertaken soil and terrain studies to create a new range of "terroir" wines. This range creates unique wines based on the diverse plots of land at the winery which have quickly obtained the praise from top wine critics.
Dolomitas, which is part of the terroir range, is produced from old Monsatrell vines grown at the foothills of the Dolomites Mountain. The soil is stony and the roots of the vines are only 60cm deep until they reach the Mother Rock. This creates a powerful rustic wine with strong mineral characteristics. And to maintain this personality, any additives are kept to an absolute minimum. The wine is aged 10 months in 18th century amphorae and deposits to provide balance and structure. This "pure" red craves some air and food to highlight its full potential. Recommended to pair with rich foods such as BBQ, beef spare ribs, pork, lentils, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food.
About Winery: 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 amazing is that!)