Alvear Pedro Ximinez 1927 (375ML half-bottle)
Sherry from Spain
The vineyards, located at an elevation of 1,050 feet, are comprised of the famous chalky soil called Albariza and the 40-year-old vines produce extremely low yields. The grapes were hand-harvested at the peak of maturity and dried on mats in the sun. This is one of the oldest wines in the cellar since the Solera was started at the beginning of the last century.
The Wine Advocate - "The impressive 1927 Pedro Ximenez Solera, from a Solera begun nearly 80 years ago, boasts a dark amber color as well as an extraordinary nose of creme brulee, liquefied nuts, marmalade, and maple syrup. Huge and viscous, yet neither cloyingly sweet nor heavy, it is a profound effort priced unbelievably low."
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. View all Alvear Wines
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The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino and Verdejo. The popular red regions of Spain include Rioja, known for its outstanding wines of the Tempranillo grape; Ribera del Duero, producing high quality reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha; Galacia, with the sub-region of Rias Baixas, home to the deliciously crisp and floral Albarino grape; and Priorat, a region increasing in popularity with its high-quality cult reds. Other regions of note are Rueda, growing the Verdejo grape, La Mancha, a wide desert region, covered in the most planted white variety in the world, Airen, and Jumilla, making wines based on Monestrell (Mourvedre).
Spain's wine laws are based on the Denominacion de Origen (DO) classification system, devised in the 1930's. A four tiered system, the most basic level is Vina de Mesa (table wine) followed by Vino de la Tierra (country wine), DO and at the top DOC. Currently, only Rioja and Priorat have DOC status, while over 55 Dos scatter the country.
Most DO regions are classified and regulated by how long they age the wines. On a red wine label, one may find the terms Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, denoting the wine's barrel and bottle time. Crianza is usually two years between barrel and bottle (the time in each depends on the DO and/or the winemaker), Reserva up to 4 years and Gran Reserva 5 – 6 years. Classifications of each region and wine are controlled by the region's Consejo Regulador. Other regions of Spain include:
La ManchaHome of most of the Airen grapes planted as well as Don Quioxte, La Mancha is a vast desert-like area of flat land and penetrating sun.
SherryThe Sherry region is located near Spain’s southernmost point along the coast. Sherry produces white varietals used to make the fortified wines from which it received its namesake such as Palomino, Palomino Fino, Palomino de Jerez, Pedro Ximenez and Moscatel.
PenedésThe Penedés wine region is located in the province of Barcelona, along the eastern coast of Spain. The Penedés wine region consists of 185 vineyards. Penedes is home to Spain’s sparkling wine, Cava, and also produces Garnacha, Merlot, Tempranillo, Pinot Noir, Monastrell, Carignane, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah (reds), as well as Macabeo (Viura), Parellada, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Chenin Blanc and Moscatel de Alejandria.
YeclaLocated in southeastern Spain, Yecla is situated in the province of Murica. Neighboring the Jumilla region, Yecla is one of Spain’s smallest wine regions. Common red varietals include Monastrell, Garnacha Tinta, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cencibel, Merlot, Tintorera and Syrah. White varietals include Merseguera, Airen, Macabeo, Malvasia and Chardonnay.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino and Verdejo. The popular red regions of Spain include Rioja, known for its outstanding wines of the Tempranillo grape; Ribera del Duero, producing high quality reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha; Galacia, with the sub-region of Rias Baixas, home to the deliciously crisp and floral Albarino grape; and Priorat, a region increasing in popularity with its high-quality cult reds. Other regions of note are Rueda, growing the Verdejo grape, La Mancha, a wide desert region, covered in the most planted white variety in the world, Airen, and Jumilla, making wines based on Monastrell (Mourvedre).
Spain's wine laws are based on the Denominacion de Origen (DO) classification system, devised in the 1930's. A four tiered system, the most basic level is Vina de Mesa (table wine) followed by Vino de la Tierra (country wine), DO and at the top DOC. Currently, only Rioja and Priorat have DOC status, while over 65 DO's scatter the country.
Most DO regions are classified and regulated by how long they age the wines. On a red wine label, one may find the terms Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, denoting the wine's barrel and bottle time. Crianza is usually two years between barrel and bottle (the time in each depends on the DO and/or the winemaker), Reserva up to 4 years and Gran Reserva 5 – 6 years. Classifications of each region and wine are controlled by the region's Consejo Regulador.
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24 ratings, 23 with reviews54/2/2008This is the most delectable dessert wine I have ever had! Its good alone, with sweets, cold, cool, or room temperature! Only problem is this could be very addictive!! Put this on your must try list!511/28/2007My first experience with PX has thoroughly spoiled me. Served properly chilled, this is a thick sip of raisin, caramel, almond joy. It's so rich, you don't need much - but that little bit is heaven enough. There are more recent vintages out there for about $5 less...but why bother? They're a little lighter on the palate, but this delectable bottle is worth easily three times its price. Before dinner, after dinner, over ice cream, on your oatmeal - you'll find any excuse to indulge.julia - Glen Cove, NY412/24/2007Very thick, and very sweet.. be sure not to have more than a small amount at a time. Predominantly tasting of raisins and burnt sugar, it was good but I would not recommend this for anyone without a severe sweet tooth.Alan Boehmer - Los Osos, CA58/26/2010One of the best values I've found in high-quality dessert wines. Complex flavor profile. Terrific with assertive cheeses.51/21/2010I seem to have snagged the last three bottles of Alvear Pedro Ximinez 1927 from wine.com. I'm on a mission to find more - this is a sherry worth scavenging for.RomanMike - Lewiston, ID512/21/2009I had read the reviews of this particular solera and, having wanted to try something sweeter than my usual cream sherries, I thought this would be an interesting foray. I was not disappointed and it is like liquid raisin. I enjoy sipping it in a small sherry glass while listening to music or reading. An incredible price for such a stellar wine.tsunade - Cedar Park, TX510/14/2014Super-sweet. I've got a major sweet tooth and this is great for me!Jonothewright - Honolulu, HI51/2/2014This sherry is just amazing. Truly delicious, this is great with cheeses, deserts, or just as desert on its own. I bought two of these based on its price and reviews but now wish I gotten more.410/15/2013This is my first experience with Sherry and it is fantastic. The flavor is rich, thick, nutty, caramel-y and raisin-y (yeah I'm no expert!) Sweet, great for sipping, but not disgustingly sweet. I'm hooked.12/13/2013Very sweet, but otherwise undistinguished. Probably good for pouring over ice-cream, as another reviewer suggested.crazyfly - Colorado Springs, CO56/8/2012OMG. The first sip and I'm hooked. I taste marzipan and tobacco (anyone else taste tobacco?). So smooth, only the tiniest bit of alcohol noticeable. Sticky and cloying and homemade caramel lingers long. This wont make any sense to anyone but... you can taste the old.Buttaflygurl - San Francisco, CA14/24/2012I like moscato and sweet wine in general - this one is too thick for me. : (La-La - Alameda, CA14/23/2012Very thick & very sweet. Taste of raisin and brown sugar. This is good in very small portions, seems that it may go very well with green apples.nikkileth - Oakland, CA44/23/2012The color is reminiscent of rootbeer, flavors are of raisin, this is simply delicious!CathynSF - San Francisco, CA54/23/2012Mmmmmmm...on a cold evenng, with a fruit and chocolate plate, a fire/candles, good music and a good friend you will be transported. Smooth as syrup, dried currants and apricots all make for a special sipping experience.Joe Harbison - Columbus, OH49/17/2010Michael Squillante - Waltham, MA51/16/2011I like desert wines, but some sweet wines are so sweet the taste gets lost. This wine is very sweet, but delicious. It is like drinking raisins. It is unbelievably smooth and you don't notice the alcohol even though it is 16%.31/6/2010Tasted extremely similar to the generic muscat I'd had a few days earlier.Alan Boehmer - Los Osos, CA58/14/2010This very classy PX is one of the best values in dessert wines I've found. Wonderful paired with a white chocolate-orange mousse!FidelisBob - Saint Charles, MO52/6/2009For once I agree with Parker's rating... this pleasure in a bottle is worth every penny... although Wine.com has jacked up the price by $5 a bottle since the customer reviews have been good.59/6/2008excellent desert winegabruce - Castle Rock, CO55/13/2009This Solera is outstanding! Great with a top notch cigar, sipping and puffing for over 90 minutes was sublime. Incredible price for a stellar Solera!59/6/2008excellent desert wine410/3/2008A wonderfully sweet nose (I can see the idea of a creme brulée), this wine is a concentrated raisin in the mouth with a syrup finish. I would have it with dessert, on dessert, after dessert, for dessert. Absolutely wonderful! The finish is full and round with wonderful nuances.Related ProductsThis Pedro Ximénez is aged for 15 years in the solera system. A great nose of exotic spices and almost ...Amazing aroma reminiscent of roses. Elysium is used to either accompany or replace dessert. It is wonderful with blue cheeses, ...The Amonitillado La Garrocha has spent nine years aging through the Solera system. The microclimate of the bodega produces a ...
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
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Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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