2006 Alvear Pedro Ximenez Fino en Rama 500 ml

Year: 2006
Appellation: Montilla Moriles
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 87
Wine Advocate: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 88
Fortified Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
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"This muscular white has the character of a fino Sherry, but is a bit more rustic in style. This is dry, with noticeable alcohol and bold flavors of almond, beeswax and tarragon. Pedro Ximénez. Drink now. 500 cases imported." (WS)

"The flowery, crisp, nutty, fresh, light straw-colored 2006 Fino en Rama (100% Pedro Ximenez) was aged for two years in American oak. A delightful wine, it cuts a broad texture throughout the mouth, but its fresh acids, floweriness and vibrancy make for a remarkable drink. Consume it within a year or so of purchase.

This family-owned winery has turned out some extraordinary non-fortified products." (WA)

"Pure and intense up front, with dry, nutty core aromas and not too much blatant oxidation. Fresh and kicking in the mouth, but still fairly smooth, with nutty, toasty flavors and a hint of baked apple. Nutty, creamy and not too acidic or scouring on the finish." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Pale pasta color with yeast and heavy paint thinner on the nose. Green olive, paint thinner and sour apple on the thin mid-palate disappears quickly before a long delayed bread and almond finish emerges. Extremely dry. This is the first-ever-made single vintage Fino. It was aged for 2 years in traditional American oak barrels.

Alvear S.A. was established by Don Diego de Alvear in 1729, and since that time has remained under control of the Alvear family. This is the oldest winery in the region and its fino is today one of the three most popular fino wines in Spain . Located in the town of Montilla, in the province of Cordoba , in the interior of Andalucia. Grapes are sourced from their own vineyards, of 307.2 acres. They also buy grapes and wines from local growers. The area is dominated by small parcels. The terrain is formed by undulating hills and slopes of a singular whitish color. There are two basic types of soil: Albero and Arenas. Albero is a whitish, chalky soil, found on the higher ground in the Sierra de Montilla and Moriles Alto, both of which are classified as superior zones and produce finos of good, clean character. This type of soil is highly absorbent and can supply the vines with needed water during the long, dry summers. The sun bakes the surface to a hard crust, reflecting the heat and preventing the moisture from evaporating. Arenas is found in the Ruedos made up of largely sand, with some stony clay and a small proportion of limestone. The climate is Southern continental, with hot summers, reaching at times temperatures of 120°F, resulting in early harvests. The temperature drops sharply at night, cooling the fermenting musts. Winters are cold.