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Patricia Amontillado

Grape Type:Pedro Ximenez
Bottle Size:750 ml
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Product Description

Patricia Amontillado is named after the town of Montilla, aged up to 20 years, first as a "fino" under "flor" then followed by a long stretch of normal (oxidative) barrel ageing in Aragón's "soleras", Particia Amontillado has a bright coppery amber color. On the nose, it shows the classic characteristics of the two-stage amontillado process: dried fruits and nuts, toasty caramel and orange peel. On the palate it's dry with toasty and dried fruit flavors.

"Pale medium orange amber. Nose of orange marmalade and carmelized pecans, and cognac notes. Very complex flavors of dried fruit, tobacco, orange zest, and vanilla. A first rate Amontillado."
- International Wine Review (Nov 2008), 93 pts

Winery: Patricia

The Patricia Estate
The company Aragón y Cía. was founded in 1946, but the winery itself has been in operation since at least 1877. A prize awarded at the Córdoba wine exhibition of that year documents that the winery was producing wine at that date, and it's more than likely that the installations were in operation well before 1877. Situated in Lucena in the province of Córdoba, the Aragón cellars hold some 2,500 "botas" (500 liter oak barrels) using the "solera" system to convert fresh white wine from Pedro Ximénez grapes into the typical "finos", "amontillados" and "olorosos" of Montilla-Moriles.

Patricia Vineyards
As is the case with most Montilla-Moriles producers, Aragón is an ageing cellar and does not own vineyards. The vineyards of the region are mainly Pedro Ximénez (PX) grapes (over 80%). The region's dry hot climate allows the naturally high sugar PX grapes to attain up to 17º alcohol potential. This means the wines produced here do not generally require the addition of alcohol (fortification), which is necessary for sherries. Aragón's expert tasters carefully select fresh, recently fermented PX wines, which are then transferred to the cellars for long periods of "solera" ageing.
Montilla-Moriles in the province of Cordoba, in Andalucía. The D.O spreads over 10,200 hectares (25,194 acres) of vines planted on limestone soils, at 300-600 meters above seal level.
Kysela Pere et Fils, LTD imports three styles of their Patricia sherry: Fino, Amontillado and Cream (the Cream is more like a P.X. Reserve).

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