Jeb Dunnuck 95
The 2015 Alvear Pedro Ximnez de Aada is another beauty. Made from sun-dried Pedro Ximnez grapes that were fermented and aged in large clay jars, it reveals a ruby/amber color as well as a great nose of orange liqueur, brown sugar, honeyed figs, and flowers. Uber-full-bodied, thick, and vicious, its a dessert wine geared for tiny sips. It will probably age forever.
Wine Enthusiast 92
Heady caramel, maple and toffee aromas come in front of a viscous palate. Flavors that nearly match the nose don't waver on the finish, and from head to tail this plays up the richness of sun-dried Pedro Ximnez. In almost all vintages, Alvear de Aada is an exemplary Spanish dessert wine.
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, January 2020
100 Pedro Ximnez, whose historical origins lie along the Rhine river in Germany.
Alvears biggest asset due to the use of Pedro Ximnez is that the grape can naturally reach 15-16 alcohol by volume on the vine levels that Palomino could never reach. The result is that Alvear never forties their Finos or Amontillados (or Palo Cortados for that matter) and they only use fortication in their olorosos or sweet wines. Alvear Pedro Ximnez de Aada is a vintage dated sweet wine from the estates Pedro Ximnez vineyards. The grapes are harvested at typical levels of ripeness, and dried in the blazing Montilla sun on mats in the vineyards. The wine is vinied in open clay amphora, and fortied to halt the fermentation.
12 months in traditional large earthenware jars, called tinajas
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"Alvear is one of the most prestigious and internationally renowned bodegas in Andalucía, boasting extensive vineyards that are located in the most famous estates in the Sierra de Montilla y Moriles (Córdoba). This privileged land's star grape variety is Pedro Ximénez, which is thought to have originated in the Rhine region, and is used by the bodega as the unique base wine for its sweet, Fino, Oloroso and Amontillado wines."