Literally, Amontillado means "in the style of Montilla." The Alvear Carlos VII is an Amontillado that has been aging for more than 15 years in their traditional "Solera System" during and after the flor, gaining complexity and full round aromas while retaining the freshness of its origins as a Fino. A harmonious blend of finesse, elegance and age, it is light chestnut/bright gold color with a pungent and complex bouquet, nutty and dried fig flavor and character. Silky dry on palate with a long, complex and elegant finish.
92 Points - Wine Advocate
"The 2019 bottling of the NV Amontillado Carlos VII is believed to be around 25 years of age and combines 12 years of biological aging under flor (Fino) with oxidative upbringing in topped-up barrels for another 12 years, but there's no indication of age (or bottling date) anywhere on the front or back label. It's a bit spirity (it's 19% alcohol), with a bitter twist in the finish, ample and long, lifted by the alcohol. 4,200 375-milliliter bottles were filled in February 2019." -LG, 6/28/19
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. Drink now. 500 cases made." -JM, 12/31/16
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, 4/1/17