Thursday, 22 October 2015

Oloroso Almirante 18.5%, Marqués del Real Tesoro

Bright deep amber mahogany with reddy-coppery tints fading to a trace of green at the rim, legs.
Just what Oloroso means: fragrant. A full forthcoming and generous aroma bursts out of the glass, characterised by a certain apparent sweetness, traces of cinnamon, candied orange peel, hints of oak and walnuts in syrup, and a slight suspicion of Christmas cake.
Similar, full and well rounded. It is dry but you'd hardly notice with all that glycerol and flavours of sweet things, especially as there appears to be very little tannin, but it is beautifully balanced nonetheless and has a real charm to it and good length.
This attractive wine is apparently around 17-18 years old, a very decent age and worthy of 89 Parker points. The wine ages through no fewer than five criaderas plus the solera, which gives it its complexity. The perfect wine to sip while relaxing with a good book in the cooler seasons - but you might drink more than you had intended. I feel the label could be smartened up a little; it looks awfully plain for a wine which is far from plain, in fact it is excellent value.
8.50 -10 Euros in Spain, not available in the UK unfortunately

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