Bodegas Alvear

Pedro Ximénez de Añada

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2019 Vintage

92pts

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2019 Vintage

92pts

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2019 Vintage

93pts

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Denominacion de Origen

D.O. Montilla-Moriles

Location

Sierra de Montilla de Calidad Superior, the Grand Cru subzone of Montilla-Moriles, south of Córdoba, Spain

Varietal

100% Pedro Ximénez

Vineyards

Alvear’s Grandes Soleras are all sourced from 125 Ha. of estate owned vineyards located in the Sierra de Montilla de Calidad Superior, the Grand Cru subzone of Montilla-Moriles.

Year(s) Planted

1920-1980

Viticulture

Old head-trained vines farmed completely sustainably without organic certification, but avoiding all use of harmful fungicides, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and irrigation.

Soils

Albariza. Rich in calcium carbonate, with the soil and subsoil composed of soft marlstone, a type of soil composed mostly of limestone and mud. These soils are poor in organic matter, infertile, of a simple mineral composition, with a crumbly consistency.

Climate

Semi-Continental Mediterranean. Extremely high temperatures and irregular rainfall from year to year.

Winemaking

Alvear Pedro Ximénez de Añada is the family's most unique and esoteric sweet Pedro Ximénez. The first vintage was produced by Alvear at Jorge's urging, and when it was released, it became the first vintage dated PX sweet wine ever released in the history of Montilla-Moriles. The grapes, which are harvested green, are sun dried on straw mats for a week before being pressed in a traditional olive oil press. The incredibly sweet must decants in concrete tinajas; the best are selected for this cuvée, and after decanting and settling are fortified to 16% ABV.

Aging

48 months in concrete tinajas before bottling

Comments

Alvear Pedro Ximénez de Añada is a groundbreaking wine in the history of Montilla and Andalucían wines, as it was the first vintage dated PX sweet wine ever bottled in Spain. Given the extremely sweet concentration of the must, the wine barely ferments in tinaja before it is fortified to 16% ABV.