2013 Alvear Pedro Ximenez de Anada (375 mL)

2013 Alvear Pedro Ximenez de Anada (375 mL)

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Parker called the 100-point 2011 “the most amazing Pedro Ximenez I have ever tasted.” But the winery says this 2013 is even richer!

What makes it so special (and unique)?

For one, the vineyard. Alvear owns over 300 acres of vineyards, but this is from their finest high-altitude plot, whose chalky (“Albero”) soil gives very low yields and a long, slow ripening. The grapes are hand-picked and sorted, then placed on straw mats to dry (like vin de paille). But not only is the Pedro Ximenez naturally much richer than the Marsanne and Roussanne of Hermitage; the addition of very light spirits to arrest the fermentation keeps it even richer still.

As Parker says, the resulting wine “looks like molassas,” but also “has enough acidity to balance out its richness.” What’s more, he says it “will last as long as any reader of this newsletter.” Yet as those who had the good fortune of snapping up our small allocation of the 2011 know, it’s utterly amazing to drink already. 

If you had a child born in 2013, I can’t imagine a wine that will give more pleasure in 2034! 

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