Alvear

Fino en Rama Montilla-Moriles Pedro Ximénez

9.118 ratings
9.19 pro ratings
Montilla-Moriles, Andalucía, Spain
Pedro Ximénez
Cake & Cream
Top Notes For
Jordan Wardlaw

Pretty, fresh, mouth-watering aperitif and food-friendly wine from one of the top producers in Montilla-Moriles. Alvear offers several different versions of Pedro Ximenez covering the full spectrum of styles- this one is decidedly austere, light and saline. Limestone and silica found in the unique chalk soils make these wines very vibrant and aromatic, providing great lift. 100 % PX from a single harvest, these are typically bottled after two years in neutral American oak casks and are not fortified (15% ABV). This is showing a very briny mouthfeel and savory flavors ranging from sea salt to green olives to fresh almonds. Not displaying a lot of primary fruit alongside the salinity- subtle apple, pear and other white fruit aromas. The freshness is very appealing, making for a great aperitif and we found it paired wonderfully with seafood tapas and salad. This is not traditional Sherry by any means (technically it is a Sherry-like beverage), but it's a superb value and serves its purpose quite well.

Pretty, fresh, mouth-watering aperitif and food-friendly wine from one of the top producers in Montilla-Moriles. Alvear offers several different versions of Pedro Ximenez covering the full spectrum of styles- this one is decidedly austere, light and saline. Limestone and silica found in the unique chalk soils make these wines very vibrant and aromatic, providing great lift. 100 % PX from a single harvest, these are typically bottled after two years in neutral American oak casks and are not fortified (15% ABV). This is showing a very briny mouthfeel and savory flavors ranging from sea salt to green olives to fresh almonds. Not displaying a lot of primary fruit alongside the salinity- subtle apple, pear and other white fruit aromas. The freshness is very appealing, making for a great aperitif and we found it paired wonderfully with seafood tapas and salad. This is not traditional Sherry by any means (technically it is a Sherry-like beverage), but it's a superb value and serves its purpose quite well.

1 person found it helpfulJan 29th, 2018
Evan Keaschuk

Tangy, almond skin, and just the right amount of oxidization. Loads of complexity and such crazy value. Sherry truly is the best

Tangy, almond skin, and just the right amount of oxidization. Loads of complexity and such crazy value. Sherry truly is the best

Mar 27th, 2016
Ivonne Nill

Salty, hint of olive and nuts. 19ABV

Salty, hint of olive and nuts. 19ABV

Mar 13th, 2015
Robert Cunningham

Wine Educator DeVinimus, Wine Workshop

8.8

Clean, fresh and light. Delicate and refreshing. Soft. Some light salinity. Easy to drink. Lovely summer lunch wine. Good food pairing wine.

Clean, fresh and light. Delicate and refreshing. Soft. Some light salinity. Easy to drink. Lovely summer lunch wine. Good food pairing wine.

Mar 12th, 2015
Mark Lindzy

Much more body than a typical fino. Richness balanced with bright acidity for a solid food wine.

Much more body than a typical fino. Richness balanced with bright acidity for a solid food wine.

Jul 16th, 2014
Andrew Schirmer

Rather interesting vintage (!) “sherry” all the more unconventional for being 100% Pedro Ximenez and single harvest. Better on day two where it develops in richness, revealing its colours beyond that of a conventional fino. Beautiful work.

Rather interesting vintage (!) “sherry” all the more unconventional for being 100% Pedro Ximenez and single harvest. Better on day two where it develops in richness, revealing its colours beyond that of a conventional fino. Beautiful work.

Sep 4th, 2019
Jake Neustadt

Forgotten in a corner of a wine store. Thought an 08 would be pretty weird at this point, but not so. Refreshing, rich, finish of excellence

Forgotten in a corner of a wine store. Thought an 08 would be pretty weird at this point, but not so. Refreshing, rich, finish of excellence

Aug 26th, 2015
Flavio Menezes

So elegant!

So elegant!

Nov 21st, 2014
Aubrey Adams

A little too sweet for me on a regular basis but def a nice desert choice

A little too sweet for me on a regular basis but def a nice desert choice

Dec 16th, 2013
Nick Davis

Nick had this 4 years ago

Nick had this 4 years ago

Jul 19th, 2016