2008 Alvear Pedro Ximenez Fino en Rama 500 ml

Year: 2008
Appellation: Montilla Moriles
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 90
Fortified Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
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"The 2008 Fino En Rama is unfiltered, unfortified Fino from Pedro Ximenez grapes aged under flor for three years. Being unfiltered, everything seems to be one step up – the intensity, aroma, the smoky character and the chalkiness from the soil. The palate is wider, medium- to full-bodied, pungent, crisp and very dry, with an acute bitter note in the finish. 10,000 bottles produced. Drink 2013-2015.

Alvear is a family winery created as long ago as 1729 in Montilla (Cordoba), in the appellation of Montilla-Moriles by Diego Alvear, which makes it the oldest working winery in the region. Today the company is still run and owned by the eight generation of the Alvear family. They own 150 hectares of Pedro Ximenez grapes, control a further 200 hectares of vineyards from long-term suppliers, and purchase grapes and wine from local growers. They own 6,000 oak casks of 500- and 600-liter capacity where they age a total three million liters of wine and have enough capacity in vats for over eight million liters. When the Pedro Ximenez grapes ripen properly they reach 14 to 16% alcohol and can produce non-fortified Fino. Even though they use the dynamic soleras and criaderas production method, they also pioneered the production of single-vintage Fino and sweet Pedro Ximenez some 15 years ago. These wines are offered young, mainly the Fino, as it’s difficult to keep the flor alive without refreshing the barrels with younger wine." (WA)

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.