Denominacion de Origen
Sierra de Montilla de Calidad Superior, the Grand Cru subzone of Montilla-Moriles, south of Córdoba, Spain
100% Pedro Ximénez
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.
Old head-trained vines farmed completely sustainably without organic certification, but avoiding all use of harmful fungicides, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and irrigation.
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.
Semi-Continental Mediterranean. Extremely high temperatures and irregular rainfall from year to year.
Alvear Amontillado Carlos VII is the family's most emblematic Amontillado, produced in the classic style of Montilla-Moriles, as an extremely old Fino that was produced without fortification. The wine is produced from Pedro Ximénez base wine fermented to 15% (without fortification) in tinaja. After winter, wines are classified for ageing, and wine destined for Amontillado Carlos VII will be aged for an average of 30 years in the system of soleras & criaderas - first under velo de flor and oxidatively after the flor dies.
Alvear Amontillado Carlos VII is aged in American oak butts for an average of 30 years in the system of soleras & criaderas, first under velo de flor and oxidatively after the flor dies.
Alvear Amontillado Carlos VII is Alvear's most emblematic Amontillado and one of the most important wines the family produces, as it is the family's standard bearer for Montilla-Moriles' most traditional style of wine. It is, for all intents and purposes, an extremely old Fino that is aged on average for 30 years in the system of soleras & criaderas. This long ageing period concentrates the wine significantly, resulting in high alcohol, incredibly high acidity, and a total lack of glycerine from completing a full 12-15 year cycle under flor. One of the most compelling wines in the Alvear portfolio.