DESSERT WINE “The Fondillon Solera bottling is a dry wine that is made entirely from the Monastrell grape (Mourvèdre) and which is harvested at the end of October and beginning of November, allowing the grapes to raisin on the vine and produce an Amarone-like wine that is then aged solera style for many decades before it is released. The result is a wine that is quite dry on the palate, with sixteen percent natural alcohol and offers up a combination of raisin and other dried fruit flavors, combined with nutty tones quite reminiscent of Sherry, due to the wine’s long, oxidative elevage. The 1948 Fondillon is the current release of this singularly beautiful wine, and it delivers a stellar bouquet of nuts, raisins, orange zest, a touch of olive, salty soil tones, citrus peel and dried cherries. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and very suave, with plenty of Sherry-like nuttiness, beautiful balance and outstanding length and grip on the focused and remarkably cool finish. This would be a great wine to serve with the cheese after the meal. Given its long exposure to oxygen prior to bottling, the wine will hold beautifully for months after it is opened, and should prove to have a long cellaring life as well.