- Medium to full-bodied taste
- Sweet and smooth-textured
- Oak barrel aged for 12 months
- Intense with peppery overtones
89 Points - "Inky purple. Spice-accented aromas and flavors of blackberry, boysenberry and licorice, with black pepper and mineral nuances. Juicy and precise, finishing with very good energy and lingering spiciness. This is still a baby." -Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
COMPOSITION: 50% Carinena, 25% Syrah and 25% Garnacha
[Refers to 2010 vintage] - 90 Points - "Bright ruby. Intense, smoke-accented aromas of cherry-cola, blackberry and licorice, with a peppery overtone. Juicy and broad but precise, with deep dark fruit flavors given spine and lift by tangy acidity. Closes sweet and long, with strong spicy cut and sweetness." -Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
[Refers to 2009 vintage] - 90 Points - "The 2009 Can Blau is made up of 40% Carinena, 40% Syrah, and 20% Garnacha aged for 12 months in French oak. Wood smoke, spice box, incense, lavender, black cherry and plum aromas are followed by a mouth-filling, round, dense wine with outstanding grip and length. It over-delivers in a big way. Drink it over the next 6-8 years. Cellers Can Blau is a relatively new Montsant estate founded by Bodegas Juan Gil (of Jumilla) in 2003." -Wine Advocate
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
The vineyards, located at an elevation of 1,050 ft., are comprised of the famous chalky soil called Albariza and the 40-year-old vines are trained in the goblet system and yield 1.25 t/acre (3 t/ha).
The grapes were hand-harvested and dried on mats in the sun. Fermentation occurs in stainless-steel and is arrested by the light addition of wine spirits. It is then aged for 6 months in traditional American oak botas of 500l (133 gal.).
Production: 300 cases for the U.S.
Located in the town of Montilla, in the province of Cordoba, in the interior of Andalucia, Alvear S.A. was established by Don Diego de Alvear in 1729, and since that time has remained under control of the Alvear family. This is the oldest winery in the region and its fino is today one of the three most popular fino wines in Spain.