100% Palomino from the historic Pago de Balbaina, a vineyard believed to exist since Roman times. Aged for an average of 30 years in the solera system. Clean, subtle nose with aromas of caramel, orange rind and hints of incense. Medium bodied, balanced, sharp. Notes of chocolate — 9 days ago
Superb Amontillado by one of Jerez’s youngest bodegas, in spite of its name. 100% Palomino aged in the solera system for an average of 45 years - first as fino under flor a veil and then, and then a much longer time of oxidative aging. Very elegant, complex nose with aromas of hazelnuts, orange rind. Dry, delicate, it feels quite light. Saline. — 11 days ago
This is all the cheese plate items minus the actual cheese, in a glass. Omigod what if cheese plates included Sherry? Would that be overkill? What if I started a wine bar and it was all just cheese and Sherry? I guess I’d desire a crust of bread at some point too, but when do I not want bread?
Ahem. This is salty marcona almonds and deeply caramelized to the point of being pleasingly bitter-NOT-sweet walnuts and mildly olive-esque brine-y and then there are some dried apricots in the mix plus a glass of lemon water (not that I’ve ever been served lemon water with a cheese plate but maybe it’s the equivalent of the plate accoutrements plus a glass of Gavi).
Seriously though? This Sherry is a great cheese plate. — 16 days ago
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20 yr. old wines fresh as a daisy.
Fortified to 20°. N:Shoe leather, salt, treacle, ripe fruits, plantains, caramel lozenges, distant boats.faint barrel smoke.
P: old oranges, marmalade, puckering citrus, rinds, brown sugar, ( Demerara), so acidic and contrapuntally rich.
P: — 15 days ago
Elegant as all get out. I can’t get over Palo Cortado, even with its shady requirement to be called “Palo Cortado”—pretty sure some are no more accidental “failed Finos” than chocolate chip cookies were a ‘whoops I dropped chocolate in the dough’—but that matters not. Mixed nuts and lemon and amaretto don’t sound like things I’d want to consume all at once but they are elements of this wine I love all at once. — 19 days ago