My Personal Recommendation For You
Alvear Pedro Ximenez de
Anada 2011 Andalucia; Spain Our
bttl price $29.99 (Case $27.99)
Limited Availability /A perfect 100pts scoring by Robert Parker!
âAlvearâs 2011 Pedro Ximenez
de Anada is the most amazing Pedro Ximenez I have ever tasted.â
â Robert Parker (November
Whenever a renowned wine critic such
as Robert Parker samples and reviews a dessert-styled wine
â and gives it a perfect score â itâs worth noting!
Be forewarned, this decadent Spanish
dessert wine is âdangerousâ simply because you won't be able to stop âeatingâ
it. In the European countries like Spain, Italy and France, it is considered as
digestif, a drink taken after a meal to aid the digestion process. It
can be best paired with desserts â or on its own as âthe dessertâ!
When we think of Spanish wine, the
heavy-hitters Tempranillo, Garnacha and AlbariĂ±o often come to mind. But what
of the Pedro Ximenez (âPEHD-roh hee-MEH-nehthâ) white varietal best known for
its role in the sweet wines of southern Spain, coined as âPXâ. The Pedro
XimĂ©nez grape variety is not only the star of the Andalucia region, but also of
the wines and vineyards owned by
Bodegas Alvear. Legend has it
that it was brought from the Rhine by a solider serving in the Spanish army in
Flanders, who consequently gave it his name. Rich PX wines unorthodoxly improve
in an opened bottle â unlike most wines which are fragile little things that
need to be drunk within days, sometimes hours, of being exposed to air â though
an uncorked bottle of this PX will not last!
These thin-skinned grapes are raisinated
as theyâre laid on Esparto-grass mats out in the sun for a few days prior to
pressing. The result, a dark amber, thick and sweet nectar! The aromas and
flavors include a âraisinâ element as a descriptor but can stretch to all sorts
of interesting things â especially when the wine has been aged for a long time
â including dark chocolate, caramel, smoke, figs, etc., those same flavors to
pair with found in traditional European desserts!
Robert Parkerâs full review:
âAlvearâs 2011 Pedro Ximenez de
Anada is the most amazing Pedro Ximenez I have ever tasted. It may also be one
of the first to be vintage-dated. The grapes
were hand-harvested in September,
then allowed to dry in the sunshine until they began fermentation, which is
ultimately arrested by the addition of spirits. The wine spent six months in
large American oak prior to being bottled. It is an amazing effort that looks
like molasses. Notes of macerated figs, chocolate and caramelized tropical
fruits emerge from this full-bodied, unctuously-textured wine. While sweet, it
has enough acidity to balance out its richness. This astonishing 2011 Pedro
Ximenez will last as long as any reader of this newsletter.â
â 100 pts. (November 2013).
Winemakerâs tasting notes:
âBrilliant clear amber. The
nose is clean, light and superbly stylish, it is a pure raisin wine that
combines a full aroma with a pleasant fruitiness. The palate is rich in dried fruit
nuances and toasty hints of skins, with fresh overtones, rosemary honey.â
â Bernardo Lucena
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