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Alicante Tinto wines are available as vinos jovenes and Crianza. The first of these are light, fresh, and fruity Spanish wines for everyday consumption. The best Alicante Tintos are naturally Crianza types (aged in oak for at least six months and a minimum of two years old). These are more full-bodied and richer tasting than the vinos jovenes. Developments are underway at the moment with Cabernet Sauvignon, both with and without Tempranillo. The results of these trials are also very promising. Drink these Crianzas Spanish wines and the very rare Reservas for instance with red meat, lamb, and smaller game at 57.2- 60.8°F (14- 16°C).

Alicante Moscatel Vino de Licor is a superb wine, especially when vinified by modern techniques. Then the colour is golden yellow, clear and overwhelming and there are powerful aromas of fruit and musk. The taste is soft, luxuriant, juicy, and very broad, with an after taste in which the Muscatel grape endures. Drink this superbly successful liqueur wine for itself or at most with a slice of sharp tasting lemon cake. Drinking temperature for this Spanish wine is 42.8-46.4°F(6-8°C).

Alicante wineAlicante Fondillon is also a vino de licor, but stored according to the solera method, as in Jerez de la Frontera (see by sherry). The principle is simple: a little of the oldest Spanish wine is bottled each year and the space left is filled with a wine one year younger, which in its turn is replaced with a younger wine. In this way the young wines pass through several levels of barrels (20 or more) and the final Spanish wine remains of constant quality. The result is an amber golden coloured wine with hints of mahogany and the scent of vanilla, croissant, cake, tobacco, and sometimes cocoa and coffee. The Spanish wine is well balanced, elegant, light, juicy, and taste wonderful. Drink this very rare Spanish wine as an aperitif or after eating on a winter’s day. Drinking temperature is to taste for this Spanish wine: 50-53.6°F (10-12°C) or at room temperature up to 64.4°F (18°C).

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