Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 7, 2013
It seems lately, that whenever I am invited to an industry sponsored event, I am asked to try a new rum or whisky which has spent some time in a Pedro Ximénez cask (also called a PX cask and/or a Pedro Jiménez cask). The presence of the PX Cask can be tasted in premium rums like Ron Zacapa XO, as well as in single malt whiskies like the Auchentoshan Three Wood, as both rum and whisky producers have found this to be an excellent oak cask to use during maturation to add sweet raisiny flavour to their spirits. Because of the growing importance of the PX Cask, I thought an examination of at least one Pedro Ximénez wine would be a worthwhile venture upon my website. Fortunately for me, I met Maria Alvear at the recent Pacific Wine and Spirits, 40th Anniversary Portfolio Tasting. Maria is of course a member of the Alvear Family which produces the Alvear Pedro Ximénez family of wines. Maria arranged for me to receive a small bottle of the Alvear Pedro Ximénez Solera 1927 for review upon my website.
Alvear is one of the more prestigious Bodegas (wine houses) in Andalusia (an autonomous region of Spain). The grape varietal upon which the Bodega is built is Pedro Ximénez. This grape is believed to have been imported from the Rhine region (in Germany), and is used as the sole base for Alvear’s sweet, Fino, Oloroso, Amontillado and of course Pedro Ximénez wines. The wine which goes by the name Alvear Pedro Ximénez Solera 1927 is produced from the dried grape (or raisin) rather than from the fresh grape. Harvested grapes are placed upon special grass mats, and slowly sun-dried. The raisins are then crushed into a heavy, dense raisin juice (almost a syrup) which is used as the basis for the wine.
The Alvear Pedro Ximénez Solera 1927 wine is matured in a solera which was originally laid down in 1927, and therefore every bottle produced will have a tiny amount of the original wine from 1927.
You may click on the following excerpt to read the full review:
“… The initial aroma is a reflection of dry fruit (mostly prunes with additional dates and raisins) and dark bittersweet chocolate. As the glass sits I notice building aromas of sweet dark caramel and maple, as well as an underlying impression of walnuts and pecans. There appears to be a bit of spiciness in the breezes above the glass, and perhaps I am noticing touches of marzipan and marmalade meandering within those breezes as well …”
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on August 29, 2012
I came upon the chance to review this particular Cálem Port Wine quite by accident. When Woodman Wines and Spirits learned I was looking for a suitable aged Tawny Port in my mad desire to construct a new and original “Millionaire Punch”. They suggested that they could send me a bottle of the Cálem 10 Year Old Tawny for the recipe’s construction. The Cálem Tawny had all of the characteristics I was looking for, and I agreed to receive the bottle. Since I would not need the entire bottle for my punch recipe, I decided I would review this wine here on my website as well.
In case you are wondering, my “Millionaire Punch” was an unmitigated disaster, and I regret that 4 oz of this wonderful Port Wine was subjected to my dreadful experiment.
Here is an excerpt from my review:
“… In the glass, the tawny port exhibits a rich aroma of dry fruit, (prunes, dates and raisins) and brown sugary baking spices (Vanilla, cinnamon and Demerara sugar). I also notice some nice fresh fruit scents welling up which remind me of blackberries, fresh BC cherries and red currant. A few freshly bitten dark plums, some ripe raspberry, and a touch of coffee and chocolate round out the breezes above my glass. This is very nice… “
You may read the full review here:
I had planned on revealing my “Millionaire Punch” as part of this review, but I rather think it best that I advise you to enjoy this Port Wine in the manner in which it was intended, as a wonderful after dinner treat.
Enjoy the review!
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 13, 2012
Jost Vineyards is situated along the picturesque Northumberland Strait, just off the Sunrise Trail in Nova Scotia, Canada. The waters of the Northumberland Strait bring the warmth of the South Atlantic to the Maritimes creating an ideal climate for growing grapes in a climate which features a long, warm, frost-free season.
Jost Vineyards Maple Wine is made from maple sap collected from the vast maple forests of Nova Scotia. The maple sap is carefully ‘cool’ fermented until the desired concentration of residual sugars is reached. The result is a unique dessert-wine.
I thought I would step a little ways out of my comfort zone today, and offer up a brief review of this Canadian Dessert wine.
Here is an excerpt from my review:
“… The initial nose from the glass reminds me more of ripe green apple than it does of maple. In fact, my first thought when I took a sniff was that the spirit is very reminiscent of BC Apple Cider. It was when I dropped an ice-cube into the glass and gave it a good swirl to chill the contents, that I began to finally receive those maple notes within the fermented apple cider smells …”
You may read my full review here:
Please enjoy the review, Cheers!
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