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01.28.2011

Vinography Images: Pedro Jimenez

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Pedro Jimenez
Though this may look like an ordinary bunch of white grapes, it's really something much more special with an interesting story behind it. This grape variety is known as Pedro Jimenez in Chile (elsewhere known as Pedro Ximénez) and only a very small planting of this grape exists in Chile's far northern Elqui valley, where I believe it is used to make the distilled spirit called Pisco. Whenever I see a grape so clearly named after a person, I'm always super curious about the story. It turns out that this grape got its name from the guy that packed it in his suitcase -- a solider in the Spanish Army who brought it to Spain from its (somewhat less clear) region of origin in the 1500s. -- Alder Yarrow

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Comments (4)

Matt wrote:
01.29.11 at 2:22 PM

I feel I should add here, that Giorgio Flessati the winemaker from Falernia, where these grapes are grown, told me to try these. I ate the whole bunch. They were without doubt the best grapes I have ever tasted off the vine.
They can be called either Pedro Jimenez or Pedro Ximenez, in Chile, both work

Kristen wrote:
01.30.11 at 6:16 PM

As we progress through a chilling winter on the East Coast, I love that this post reminds us of interesting varietals that are preferred in warm weather. I am picturing a patio setting with seafood and a chilled Pedro Ximenez.

lorri wrote:
02.03.11 at 7:10 AM

Love this image. Love all the images posted at this site ~ Thanks ~

02.10.11 at 1:00 PM

Matt, we featured Giorgia Flessati's Pedro Ximenez, 2009. Falernia back in May, and it was really exceptional: chalk and gravel with a hint of sea air in the nose, light apple with gripping acidity in the palate, with a shocking jolt of mineral and citrus in the finish. Overall, a minerally, dry, austere, and exciting wine.

I'd love to try the grapes, pre-fermentation.

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