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Alvear Amontillado Carlos Vii 375ml

Rated 93 - The NV Amontillado Carlos VII (unfortified Pedro Ximenez made from a Solera blend of 20+-year-old wines) offers more browned butter and...
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Alvear Cream 750ml

Rated 91 - Alvear produces a non-vintage Cream, which is essentially a sweeter style of Oloroso. Its dark amber color is accompanied by sweet,...
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Alvear Montilla-Moriles Oloroso Asuncion 375ml

Rated 92 - A beauty, with praline, flan and salted caramel notes lending a flattering edge. The core of bitter orange, gingerbread and green tea is...
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Alvear Pedro Ximenez De Anada 2015 375ml

Rated 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,...
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Alvear Pedro Ximenez Solera 1830 750ml

Rated 97 - The NV Solera 1830 Pedro Ximenez is the oldest and most concentrated sweet wine from Alvear. It comes from a solera created in 1830...
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Alvear Sherry Amontillado Solera Fundacion 750ml

Rated 95 - I'm not too sure if the NV Amontillado Viejísimo Solera Fundación is a repackaging of the NV Solera Fundación Amontillado 1729, as...
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Alvear Sherry Fino Capataz De La Casa 750ml

Rated 94 - Presented with a red stamp on the back label that says "Saca 1/2017," the January 2017 bottling of the exceptionally old NV Fino Capataz...
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Alvear Sherry Palo Cortado Abuelo Diego 750ml

Rated 96 - I encountered this wine having lunch at DiverXO, the three Michelin star restaurant from Madrid, and loved it, so I made sure I sourced...
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Alvear Solera Cream 500ml

Rated 92 - Much sweeter is the NV Solera Cream, which offers a dense amber color, creamy caramelized fruits, honeysuckle and roasted nuts, is...
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Barbadillo Amontillado "Principe" 750ml

Rated 91 - The NV Amontillado Principe, from 30-year-old Palomino vineyards, spends eight years under flor and a further six years of oxidative...
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Barbadillo Amontillado "Principe" VORS NV 375ml

Rated 92 - Barbadillo’s cellars are packed with fine wines, and it is good to see them at last bringing more wines to market and repackaging the...
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Barbadillo Cream Sherry 750ml

Rated 90 - A strong bittersweet chocolate note in the aroma and flavor marks this sweet Sherry, which picks up a caramel accent midpalate. A firm...
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Barbadillo Manzanilla "Solear" NV 750ml

Rated 90 - Fresh, dry and bracing, with fleur de sel, dried chamomile, blanched almond and jicama notes racing along. Shows lovely cut and good...
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Barbadillo Manzanilla Arboledilla - Levante y Poniente NV 750ml

Rated 92 - There are two experimental Manzanillas aged on opposite sides of the Bodega de la Arboledilla, one from the east (levante) and another...


Sherry is made in a unique way using the solera system, which blends fractional shares of young wine from oak barrels with older, more mature wines. Sherry has no vintage date because it is blended from a variety of years. Rare, old sherries can contain wine that dates back 25 to 50 years or more, the date the solera was begun. If a bottle has a date on it, it probably refers to the date the company was founded.

Most sherries begin with the Palomino grape, which enjoys a generally mild climate in and around the triad of towns known as the "Sherry Triangle" and grows in white, limestone and clay soils that look like beach sand. The Pedro Ximenez type of sweet sherry comes from the Pedro Ximenez grape.

Sherry is a "fortified" wine, which means that distilled, neutral spirits are used to fortify the sherry. The added liquor means that the final sherry will be 16 to 20 percent alcohol (higher than table wines) and that it will have a longer shelf life than table wines.