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Alvear 1927 Solera Ximinez 375ml

Rated 98 - The NV Pedro Ximenez Solera 1927 is non-vintage, but does have some 1927 material in it. This is totally dark brown/amber with notes of...
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Alvear Amontillado Carlos Vii 500ml

Rated 91 - Takes a dry, taut approach from the start, with singed orange peel and bitter almond notes lining the green tea, dried passion fruit,...
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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 Fino En Rama 2008 500ml

Rated 90 - The 2008 Fino En Rama is unfiltered, unfortified Fino from Pedro Ximenez grapes aged under flor for three years. Being unfiltered,...
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Alvear Montilla-Moriles Oloroso Asuncion 500ml

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 Solera 1830 500ml

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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Bodegas Dios Baco Amontillado NV 750ml

Rated 90 - Delicious amontillado. Silky smooth, this packs a punch with its burnt caramel and roasted walnut flavors, ending on a smoky treacle...
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Bodegas Dios Baco Cream Sherry NV 750ml

Rated 90 - Sweet, but creamy and focused, providing support for the smoky caramel and raisin notes. Finishes drier than it starts, with a cleansing...
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Bodegas Dios Baco Fino NV 750ml

Rated 89 - A distinctive Sherry. This stands out for its resinous, cedar aromas and flavors, with hints of olive and pine. It's complex, with a...
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Bodegas Dios Baco Manzanilla 500ml

Rated 88 - Elegant, sporting apple and straw notes. A hint of oiliness in the texture, and it lingers appealingly, with an almond aftertaste. Drink...

Andalusia Sherry 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.

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.

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.