Bodegas Alvear 2011 - Pedro Ximenez de Añada 375 ml.
Spain - Xerez
Dessert - Vintage: 2011 - Size: 375 ml.
Bodegas Alvear is one of the largest and best-known producers in Andalucia, in southern Spain. It was built in 1729 by Diego de Alvear y Escalera in what is now the Montilla-Moriles DO, and its wines are competitive even with the great sherry producers of Jerez. The bodegas' success came out of a contract Diego won to ship wine to England in the late 18th Century, and today 40% of Alvear's production is for the international market.
Alvear's 2011 Pedro Ximenez de Anada is the most amazing Pedro Ximenez I have ever tasted. It may also be one of the first to be vintage-dated. The grapes were hand-harvested in September, then allowed to dry in the sunshine until they began fermentation, which is ultimately arrested by the addition of spirits. The wine spent six months in large American oak prior to being bottled. It is an amazing effort that looks like molasses. Notes of macerated figs, chocolate and caramelized tropical fruits emerge from this full-bodied, unctuously-textured wine. While sweet, it has enough acidity to balance out its richness. This astonishing 2011 Pedro Ximenez will last as long as any reader of this newsletter.
Wine Enthusiast: 91
ffers caramel and toffee aromas, with singed peanut, date, ginger and molasses notes at the core. The unctuous finish shows a flicker of buckwheat for contrast. Drink now. 500 cases made.