Bright, very golden amber, legs.
Lots of Fino character still, in the form of hints of bitterness from the flor and the very slightest trace of Marmite, yet clear oxidative notes of nuts - toasted hazelnuts and almonds, even a honey-nut note, and a vague trace of apple. This is a fresh, smooth, really good Fino-Amontillado, but that term is no longer permitted unfortunately.
Similar to the nose really, quite light, softly nutty, dry, round, tangy and long with beautiful balance. This is a very elegant wine and very versatile with food. It could be served at room temperature or lightly chilled. Either way it is delicious.The bodega suggests drinking it with smoked meat/fish salad or mushrooms.... Some Finos are older than this, but it is not about age - it is about style and quality.
This is the new label. The bodega's Fino ages for 6 years before either being bottled (en rama) or fortified to 17% before going into the Amontillado criaderas, emerging at about 12 years old as a young, but fine and complex Amontillado. Some of this feeds the old Amontillado criaderas. I love to see the variations in Amontillados, watching them develop from Finos: everything from old Finos to old VORS. Some of these would make an amazing tasting, watching the Amontillado develop. What are you waiting for?!
According to Wine Searcher, this wine is available at Bottle Apostle in London at £14.40 per half bottle. UK importers Indigo Wine.
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