Jorge Ordonez, wine producer from Malaga, Spain, held a special NYC tasting recently for his superb desert wines, made from Muscat of Alexander grapes grown in the mountains near the Mediterranean sea, not far from the city of Malaga.
Describing the hand-harvesting process, using donkeys on mountainsides that can reach a 70 degree inclination, Mr. Ordonez said everything related to making his wines was “difficult.” Good sign. With five harvests beginning in August and running through October, the grapes come from 100 year-old vines and organic methods, offering a range of tasting and price options. On the higher end, Old Vines #3, 2011 (photo) has an intense fruit taste combined with notes of honey (515 g R.S.) and jasmine that can hang with the best sweet wines from Germany, France, Hungary and Italy.