Bodegas Alvear

3 Miradas Paraje de Río Frío

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2016 Vintage

92pts

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Denominacion de Origen

D.O. Montilla-Moriles

Location

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

Varietal

100% Pedro Ximénez

Vineyards

Paraje del Río Frío Alto

Year(s) Planted

1960

Viticulture

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

Soils

Albariza. A soil composed mostly of limestone and soft maristone. Poor in organic matter, of a simple mineral composition, and a crumbly consistency. This is a material that is capable of retaining water in an area that rains less than 600L per year, and for its drainage, which prevents them from accumulating water and salts.

Climate

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

Winemaking

The Tres Miradas project is the latest collaboration between Bodegas Alvear & Envinate. It represents a goal of the Alvear family and Envinate to express the terroir that has been historically known as the Sierra de Montilla, with a winemaking approach that focuses more on the vineyard and less on the ageing process in the cellar. Paraje del Río Frío is whole cluster pressed and ferments in tinajas under the velo de flor for eight months.

Ageing

Two years in 2nd Criadera Fino casks, on Fino lees at Alvear's Bodega Monumental.

Comments

A single vineyard "Grand Cru" style Pedro Ximénez from the Sierra de Montilla de Calidad Superior. Aged in on Fino lees in Fino casks for two years before release, it is one of the most unique wines in the Alvear portfolio.