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Alvear Fino En Rama 2012

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      Winemaker Notes

      "En Rama" means that it is unblended and has not been stabilized and only lightly filtered to enhance its individuality. This is a unique product, the first ever made "single vintage" Fino in modern history.

      The wine has a bright pale-straw golden color. Slightly pungent on the nose, with a somewhat tangy almond like aroma; sometimes a touch fruity.
      Bone dry on the palate and quite savory, this wine presents an elegant style with typical Montilla grapey character.

      The wine is a nice partner with tapas, shellfish, fish, cheese, snacks, hors d'oeuvre and salads. The ultimate partner for Mediterranean food

      Critical Acclaim

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      RP 91
      Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

      Over 85% of the 2012 Fino en Rama comes from the 2012 harvest, a warm and low-yielding vintage that delivered healthy grapes. The wine matured under a veil of flor yeasts without being fortified until it was bottled. There are two bottlings of this wine, one in spring and this second one in October 2018, when 10,000 bottles were produced. The wines from Montilla are not usually fortified because Pedro Ximénez, the grape grown there, achieves higher ripeness than Palomino (the grape from Jerez) and the wines achieve 15% natural alcohol. I tasted this powerful and nuanced wine in a Burgundy glass, which I believe does it better than a small wine glass. It was pungent with aromas of wet chalk, esparto grass, hay and straw, and it had a crisp and dry palate. It felt quite young, as the single-harvest biological wines tend to develop at a faster pace.

      JS 90
      James Suckling
      Quite a generous and creamy fino (thanks to the bottling without filtration), this would make a very attractive aperitif or a partner to tapas. Drink now.
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      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.
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      Known for bold reds, crisp whites and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place primary emphasis on its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally hot and dry. In the center of the country lies a vast, arid plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought.

      Rioja is Spain’s best-known region, where earthy, age-worthy reds are made from Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Rioja also produces rich, nutty whites from the local Viura grape.

      Ribera del Duero is gaining ground with its single varietal Tempranillo wines, recognized for their concentration of fruit and opulence. Priorat, a sub-region of Catalonia, specializes in bold, full-bodied red blends of Garnacha (Grenache), Cariñena (Carignan), and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo dominate.

      Sherry, Spain’s famous fortified wine, is produced in a wide range of styles from dry to lusciously sweet at the country’s southern tip in Jerez.

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      Sherry is a fortified wine that comes in many styles from dry to sweet. True Sherry can only be made in Andalucía, Spain where the soil and unique seasonal changes give a particular character to its wines. The process of production—not really the grape—determine the type, though certain types are reserved for certain grapes. Palomino is responsible for most dry styles; Pedro Ximénez and Muscat of Alexandria are used for blending or for sweet styles.

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