We return to Bodegas Alvear in Montilla for our next wine review, the Fino C.B.
The official notes from the Alvear web site on this wine state that it is a non vintage wine, has an ABV of 15% and confirms that it is made from 100% Pedro Ximenez grapes.
It recommends that it is best served at 7 – 9ºC.
Produced from the best musts of the Pedro Ximenez grapes, the Fino C.B. is the flagship brand of Alvear and is omnipresent wherever Andalusians meet together for a yarn. A typical product of that special process which takes place in the cask under a veil of yeast is the “crianza en flor”. C.B. comes from Carlos Billanueva, the cellar master who in the early XIX century marked the casks containing the best wines with his initials.
Colour: Subtle delicate wine with pale straw colour.
Nose: Evocative of the floral tones, this wine presents a delicate almondy salty fresh flavour.
Mouth: Tangy with a refreshing finish and softness which makes it delightfully easy to drink.
Food Pairing: Perfect as a chilled aperitif with tapas, snacks, shellfish, fried fish, hors d’oeuvre and salads. Taste it with sushi
Our notes: Without looking at the official tasting notes we also find a nuttiness on the nose, a hint of yeast and definite freshness with a mild citrus note of lemon. On the palate we also find it tangy and fresh with a definite hint of wood. It also lingers on the palate with a medium to long finish. Delicious and refreshing.
Located in the town of Montilla, Bodegas Alvear founded by Diego de Alvear y Escalera in 1729 it is the oldest bodega in Andalucia.
Along with Perez Barquero S.A. in Montilla and Bodegas Toro Albalá in Aguilar de la Frontera, Bodegas Alvear is considered as 1 of the big 3 of the bodegas found in the Montilla-Moriles DO.
40% of Alvear’s annual production is exported to more than 25 countries around the world. They have the capacity to age 5 million litres of wine in oak.
We hope to visit Alvear during our forthcoming trip to Andalucia in May.
This bottle was purchased via the Vinissimus.co.uk web site and cost £4.35 per 75cl btl.
Shipping and taxes to the UK cost approximately £2 per bottle when 6 bottles are ordered.