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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...

Andalusia Spain

Andalusia, in the south of Spain, is surely the quintessential Spanish wine region. Here we find all the color and passion of this ancient country, the streets ringing with flamenco music, and wines being enjoyed with gusto at every pavement cafe. The viticultural history of Andalusia is so old, that nobody really knows when it began - it could have been started by the ancient Greeks, or by the earlier Phoenicians who certainly used the peninsula as a trading post. Whoever got it started certainly did a good job, however, as by the time the Romans moved in, the wine industry was already well established, and it has barely faltered since.

Today, the most famous wines made in Andalusia are surely the Sherries, those beautiful, aromatic fortified wines, which come out of the city of Jerez and which are made from the characterful native Palomino grape. Sherry is not the be all and end all of Andalusian produce, however - the region is also highly appreciated for the sweet dessert wines of Malaga and Montilla Moriles, as well as the beautifully refined dry red and white wines from the region’s other DO (Denomination de Origen), Condado de Huelva which are quickly gaining popularity outside of Spain.

Ever since the Phoenicians and Romans brought their knowledge of vine cultivation to Spanish soils, the country's culture has grown alongside wine production, with wine being a vital part of Spanish identity and Spanish traditions. Each region of Spain has a wine quite distinct from the others, and it is produced by smallholders and families as much as it is by large companies and established wineries. From the relatively mild and lush regions of La Rioja to the arid plateaus that surround Madrid, grapes are grown in abundance for the now booming Spanish wine industry, and new laws and regulations have recently been put in place to keep the country's standards high. By combining traditional practices with modern technology, Spanish wineries are continuing to produce distinctive wines of great character, flavor and aroma, with the focus shifting in recent decades to quality over quantity.