2018 Alvear Pedro Ximenez de Anada 0.375 ltr
This soft sweet wine is made from Pedro Ximenez grapes that are traditionally sun-dried on mats. This artisanal process is known as 'asoleo'. The wine is aged for 12 months in earthenware barrels, the so-called "tinajas". The Alvear Pedro Ximenez de Anada tastes rich and lusciously sweet with pleasant notes of honey, raisins and dried dates. Best served at around 12-14 degrees Celsius. This PX can also be preserved for a long time, certainly until 2030+.
Goes well with sweet desserts and also delicious with a cheese board. The PX de Anada always scores very well with Parker. The 2018 has not yet been rated but the 2014 got 96 points.
Alvear was founded in 1729 and has always been owned by the same family. Alvear owns about 300 hectares of vineyards in the Montilla-Moriles appellation. Anyone who visits the area will recognize the incredible white soils, dominated by lime/slate, which determine the acidity of Alvear wines.
Old and respectable, that's what you can call family business Alvear, founded in 1729. This bodega is located in southern Spain, in the DO Montilla-Moriles, close to the sherry area of Jerez. Because of the long, hot and dry summers, the grapes are planted on the slopes of the Montilla y Moriles ridge, so that they get cool at night.
Alvear's star grape is pedro ximénez. It can withstand the heat well and is used to the very poor, calcareous soils that are typical for this area. From this sugary grape, Alvear makes the same type of wine as in Jerez, both dry and sweet. The sweet wine, PX, is made from dried grapes and has an intense, deep flavour. The dry wines are aged for years in old barrels. During that period, younger and older wines are always mixed together. Some of the wines develop under a protective layer of yeast (the fino type), some oxidize (oloroso) and some experience both (amontillado). This creates a series of very special, complex and distinct wines. In Jerez they make the dry wines from the grape palomino fino. Because Alvear uses pedro ximénez, their wines are fuller and rounder in taste. Very tasty and highly recommended!
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