Bodegas Alvear

Pedro Ximénez de Añada

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2014 Vintage

91pts

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2014 Vintage

93pts

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2014 Vintage

96pts

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Denominacion de Origen

D.O. Montilla-Moriles

Location

The winery is located in Montilla. The vineyards are located on the hills of the Sierra de Montilla.

Varietal

100% Pedro Ximénez, whose historical origins lie along the Rhine river in Germany.

Vineyards

The Alvear family owns 310 acres (125 Ha.) of vineyards located in the most famous pagos of la Sierra de Montilla, Moriles, and Las Puentes. The Alvear family also works with viticulturists that have traditional, long lasting relationships with the family.

Year(s) Planted

All before 1990.

Viticulture

The primary vineyard is situated on the Alvear family estate. The location of the family’s Lagar de las Puentes, located inside the family’s vineyard, ensures that the grapes arrive to the processing facilities in optimal conditions.

Soils

Albariza. Rich in calcium carbonate, with the soil and subsoil composed of soft marlstone, a type of soil composed mostly of limestone and mud. These soils are poor in organic matter, infertile, of a simple mineral composition, with a very crumbly consistency. The different horizons of the soil structure have a high level of water retention, and as a result, the majority of the vines’ root structure is developed in the first 23.5” of the soil. That being said, the vines’ primary roots can reach 13’ into the soil.

Climate

Continental. Very long, arid summers, and relatively short and mild winters.

Winemaking

This sweet wine is obtained by drying the Pedro Ximénez grapes on mats in the sun. Due to the abundance of natural sugars that are accumulated during the ripening process, the wine will reach 17% alcohol naturally.

Ageing

12 months in traditional large earthenware jars, called tinajas.

Comments

For more detail on the winemaking, and ageing process, please read the winery page.