Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Oloroso Cuco 19.5%, Barbadillo

Attractive dark mahogany with red and gold highlights and a trace of green at rim, legs.
Rich, generous and fragrant, toasted almond and walnut with hints of American oak. There is a trace of salinity there too, betraying Sanlucar origins and a slight toffee note and a trace of bitter orange marmalade. It is tight and complex with considerable charm.
Fairly full bodied, dry and with a gentle acidity and trace of tannin from its time in wood which balance the glycerol. Tangy with that trace of salinity but without that Sanlucar savouriness. Very elegant with a really nutty character and penetrating flavour generous finish and terrific length.
The hand harvested Palomino grapes come from 30 year old vines in the Gibalbin and Santa Lucia vineyards. The wine is aged in 5 bodegas for 18 years according to the bodega fact sheet or 15 years if you listen to the bodega video. through 13 criaderas - a lot for an Oloroso even for Sanlucar. The result, however, is excellent, a classic Sanlucar Oloroso.
Around £25.00 in the UK, importers are Fells.

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