NV Alvear Pedro Ximenez Amontillado Carlos VII 500 ml

Year: NV
Appellation: Montilla Moriles
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 91
Fortified Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 19.0%
Price :
$24.95
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"A mix of coffee, caramel and molasses mark this rich, dry Sherry. It has a dark chocolate bitterness and iodine notes on the finish. Very long. Maybe too bitter for the uninitiated. Drink now. 200 cases imported." (WS)

"The non-vintage Amontillado Carlos VII is far superior to the regular bottling. From a 25-year old Solera system, its medium to dark amber color is accompanied by a medium to full-bodied sherry revealing loads of pungent, earthy, nutty notes, a slightly oxidized character, and a long, persistent finish." (WA)

Winery Notes:
Light gold in color with hints of brown that move throughout. Caramely nose with brown sugar, maple syrup and roasted nut flavors. Salty with a strong acidity and roasted nut flavors. Hazelnuts, coated in honey and roasted with a touch of salt linger on my palate long after I finish this wine.

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.