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Alvear Tasting - Jan 2017

Jennifer Havers

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Alvear Solera 1927 Pedro Ximénez, Montilla-Moriles D.O.P., Spain: This lovely sweet-style Pedro Ximenez Solera 1927 Sherry is not vintage dated but does have some wine from the 1927 vintages blended in. Dark-hued, rich and complex with aromas of fig jam, molasses and espresso. Great dessert wine. Drink: 2016-2025. 463034 16% S 375 mL  $19.95 Score: 92/100. February 6, 2017 Best Value Dessert Wine. Divine Dessert Wine Full Review
Alvear Medium Dry Montilla-Moriles Amontillado, Montilla Moriles, Andalusia, Spain: Superb Amontillado that features clementine and tangerine notes on the nose and palate then finishes almost dry with pleasant burnt almond note. Lovely! Drink: 2016-2025. 112789 17% MD 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 92/100. December 16, 2019 Best Value Dessert Wine. Full Review
Alvear Fino, Montilla-Moriles D.O., Spain: Love, love, love this dry Fino! It's not a Sherry because it's made in the region of Montilla-Moriles, not Jerez, but this has so much elegance and finesse. Toasted almond and a briny ocean note. Pair with roasted nuts and hard cheeses. Drink: 2016-2025. 112771 15% XD 750 mL  $18.00 Score: 92/100. December 16, 2019 Top Rated White Wine. Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Alvear Pedro Ximenez de Añada 2015, Montilla-Moriles D.O.P., Spain: Pedro Ximenez Solera is sweet with figgy, candied orange, toffee and vanilla flavours. Always great over ice cream, or pair with rich blue-veined cheeses. Drink: 2022-2026. 499152 16% S 375 mL  $24.95 Score: 92/100. December 24, 2020 Top Rated Dessert Wine. Divine Dessert Wine Full Review
Stave & Steel Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, California, United States: This Californian red wine is made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in the Livermore Valley, a cool climate district. The wine is aged in bourbon barrels for four months rather than the oak usually used to age wine from France, Hungary or the US (but not bourbon oak). The bourbon oak staves (panels or strips of wood) impart a maple spice flavour to the wine, much like bourbon itself, with a brown sugar, vanilla toast finish. Aromas of ripe black fruit through the mid-palate. Pair with barbecue ribs. Drink: 2018-2021. 541946 13.50% D 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 89/100. April 11, 2018 Full Review

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