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Bodegas Alvear Criadera /A

We first tried this wine during a fabulous couple of hours spent sampling wine with Inma at Bodegas Alvear during our 7th visit to Montilla-Moriles in September 2017 here. 

It was a wine that we wanted to try again so we purchased a bottle to bring back to Scotland to review in more detail.

This was bottle number 0614 of 1060 bottled in January 2017 and was tasted in September 2017.

At 16% ABV this is made from 100% Pedro Ximénez grapes and has around 13 to 14 years of biological ageing.

It could be described as the Fino Capataz de la Solera Familia’s big brother which we reviewed here.

On the label there is the words “Fino que va para Amontillado”.

This means that it is “the biological wine headed for the amontillado solera”.

Our Tasting Notes

Nose: Slight salinity, hazelnuts and a hint of yeast in the background. There is also a bit of coffee and wood polish too.

Palate: There is a sharpness on the palate with wood, acidity and canteloupe melon. It is really instense with plum stones and liquorice as you continue to sip.

A fabulous wine that is well worth seeking out that at the moment is not widely available outside of Spain.

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