2012 Alvear Pedro Ximenez Fino en Rama

Year: 2012
Appellation: Montilla Moriles
Country: Spain
James Suckling: 90
Jeb Dunnuck: 90
Fortified Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
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"Quite a generous and creamy fino (thanks to the bottling without filtration), this would make a very attractive aperitif or a partner to tapas. Drink now." (JS)

"The flagship Fino from Alvear is the 2012 Alvear Fino en Rama, which spent 30 months un flor in American oak casks. It’s also the first single vintage Fino made in modern history. Classic Fino notes of cheese rind, salted peanuts and blue cheese all emerge from this fresh, lively, elegant Fino that has plenty of depth and richness, yet stays light and incredibly drinkable, with a saliva-inducing finish that has you looking for a bite to eat." (JD)

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.