Saturday, January 23, 2010

***+ $ Alvear Cream Sherry, Montilla, Spain, NV - Wine Review and Rating

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Original Review:

By way of background:  Alvear Cream Sherry is a sweet sherry made from pedro ximenez grapes in the town of Montilla, Spain.  This winery, the House of Alvear, was originally established in 1729.  The vineyard soil is said to have a richer lime content than other growing areas of Spain.  Alcohol is at 18%.

In the glass: Alvear's Cream Sherry shows as deep caramel in the glass, whiskey-like.

On the nose: Poured very cool, without a decant and swirled vigorously, the sherry brings notes of citrus-encrusted walnuts, saltwater and an underlying light caramel.

On the palate: The first element on the palate is a lifted, sweet nuttiness touching the roof of your mouth.  The alcohol then floods the rest of your palate with that unique flavor combination.  You can almost detect the flor sherry yeast still working in there. 

And the finish: Builds to a bright citrus crescendo up at the back of your throat, then slowly settles.

In summary: Overall, very intriguing and pleasant experience. Rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its unique flavor combinations.  This is definitely a best value.

Robert Parker of Wine Advocate was similarly enthusiastic, awarding 91 points and saying, "Alvear produces a non-vintage Cream, which is essentially a sweeter style of Oloroso. Its dark amber color is accompanied by sweet, nutty, milkshake-like aromas, tremendous precision as well as intensity, and a marvelous finish."

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