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Alvear "Carlos VII" Amontillado Montilla-Moriles (375ml)

SKU #1384843 93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The NV Alvear Amontillado Carlos VII is a beauty, with more elegance and purity than the Criadera A release. Caramelized citrus, honey, salted peanuts, hints of blue cheese, and tons of spice notes all flow to a powerful yet elegant sherry that has bright acidity and a beautiful finish. This release can be thought of as a very old Fino where the flor has died and sunk to the bottom of the barrel, exposing the wine to oxygen and oxidation, which concentrates the wine (and raises the alcohol).  (9/2019)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The NV Amontillado Carlos VII has a medium/dark color, notes of toffee, roasted nuts and coffee, but finishes dry with great acidity and penetrating almond-paste-like flavors. This is pretty impressive and the Solera that is the base of this cuvée is at least 15 years of age. Drink now through 2030. (RP)  (11/2015)

90 points James Suckling

 A very rich and nutty Amontillado that makes a bold statement, then is slightly bitter at the long, crisp finish. Pure pedro ximénez. Drink now.  (10/2018)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 An initial blast of butter and sweaty cheese settles with airing, but this amontillado remains aggressive and demanding up front. In the mouth, this is correct in feel and balance. Saline-rich flavors of walnut, peanut and mushroom finish steady. (MS)  (4/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Fresh and slightly high-pitched, with light juniper and green tea accents out front, followed by hazelnut husk and singed orange peel notes. Refined acidity lets this stretch out. (JM)  (12/2016)

K&L Notes

A famous producer in the D.O. of Montilla-Moriles (home of the original Amontillado, outside Cordoba), Alvear's Carlos VII is a terrific bottling. Aromas and flavors in this bottling run the gamut from salt, to tarragon, orange candies, hazelnuts, and more. A fantastic, expressive, dry Amontillado from Montilla!

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