Tuesday, May 15, 2007

ALVEAR FINO EN RAMA MONTILLA MORILES - 2002

An unfiltered vintage sherry with 15% alcohol and made from 100% Pedro Ximenez. It is the first ever made "single vintage" Fino in modern history.

TASTING NOTES:

Pale pasta color with yeast and heavy paint thinner on the nose. Green olive, paint thinner and sour apple on the thin mid-palate disappears quickly before a long delayed bread and almond finish emerges. Extremely dry.

SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:

85 PTS

This super dry sherry just didn't come together for me. I couldn't get past the paint thinner aromas and dominance on the mid-palate. The finish is on a 7 second delay before it appears and is the strength of this wine, but not enough to make it enjoyable. Not at all my style despite its attractive price of only $9 for a 375ML bottle. An acquired taste that I have not yet acquired that will remind some of hard liquor like Scotch.

1 Comments:

  • Dear friend,
    finos and manzanillas, from its lowest moment of biological growth (the so called "velo en flor"), so the finos amd manzanillas (only from Sanlúcar de Barrameda), from its highest expression (palo cortado, amontillado), need an intensive training and some advertising because of its very special and unusual flavours and palate.
    The "fino en rama", as you well say, is unfiltered and we usually reccomend to drink it always during the same year of the "saca" (extraction from the youngest barrel of the biological growth process) or, maximum, during the year next to the extraction. So, if we talk about a "rama" fino from 2002: 2002 or 2003. This is because, I guess, you have not enjoyed this fino.
    Cheers!
    Joan

    By Blogger J. Gómez Pallarès, at Friday, May 18, 2007 3:14:00 AM  

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