Pedro Ximénez, Verdejo, and Moscatel from Montilla-Moriles, Andalucía, Spain; light to medium bodied and dry, nutty with dusty flowers, yellow gummy bears, hints of flor, with medium acid, and a dry citrus finish.
In the historic town of Montilla, south of Cordoba, the tradition of craftsmanship and winemaking has been maintained since Roman times. Pérez Barquero was established in 1905 and from its inception, has dedicated itself to producing wine from the best parcels (chalky soils of the Sierra of Montilla and Moriles Alto), paying close attention to the harvesting, transporting and pressing of the grapes and the fermentation of the must. This is followed by a tasting and selection of the new wine which according to its characteristics is aged in barrels to become either Fino, Oloroso, Amontillado or sweet Pedro Ximénez. In 1985 the winery was purchased by Rafael Cordoba who owns three other wineries in Montilla: Bodegas Gracia, Vinicola del Sur and Tomas Garcia. Their close to 100 hectare of vineyards are located in some of the best parts in the appellation, in Sierra de Montilla and in Moriles Alto. The majority of the planting is Pedro Ximénez. They also have long term contracts with growers for an additional 400 hectares of vineyards. The Cordoba wineries produce a large selection of both dry and sweet wines whose main characteristic is balance, elegance and finesse. Pérez Barquero is one of the the highest quality producers is Montilla-Moriles.
• Vineyards are located in the most valued high quality zones of the Sierra de Montilla and Moriles Alto.
• Soils are rich in organic matter which contributes to the optimal maturing of the grapes.
• Vineyards in this region consist mainly of Pedro Ximénez (PX) vines, indigenous to the Rin valley and introduced in Montilla by a soldier called Pedro Ximénez, back in the XV century.
• The PX grape is white, round, with a very thin skin, almost transparent, delicate and very sensitive to wet climates.
• The PX grape is very rich in sugar (high Baumé degree).
Montilla-Moriles is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) located in the southern part of the province of Córdoba, Andalusia. It is bounded by the river Genil to the east, by the river Guadajoz to the west, by the river Guadalquivir to the north, and by the Subbetic Range of mountains to the south.