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Bodegas Alvear – Marques de la Sierra 2016

This was a wine that we tried back in September, as part of a fabulous two hours spent with  Inma Luque, at Bodegas Alvear here.

When we returned to Montilla in January this year we bought a bottle to revisit and review.

This is a vino joven wine made from 100% Pedro Ximénez grapes and has an ABV of 12%.

The grapes are from Alvears own vineyards, selected from the “Casilla del Hospital” plot, in the Sierra de Montilla.

Bernardo Lucena, Alvear’s winemaker, explains the fermentation processes used by Bodegas Alvear during our Technical Specialists course in September 2016

Due to the fermentation process at low temperature and after a light maceration with the skins ,this gives complexity in the mouth and adds to the aromatic notes of the variety. (According to the official tasting notes.)

Our Tasting Notes – Tasted January 2018

Nose: Sour dough, green apple skin, peach stones with a hint of saline and some lime zest.

Palate: Lime cordial, mango and papaya to start. Drying on the palate with a hint of lavender.

A very interesting example of a vino joven from Montilla-Moriles and another well worth seeking out, especially due to the way it is produced with its low temperature fermentation and light skin maceration.

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