Monday, 28 March 2016
Cream Cruz del Mar 17.5%, Bodegas César Florido
AppearanceFairly deep mahogany chestnut with coppery tints, legs.
NoseFull and fairly sweet with pronounced Moscatel aromas which give it a slightly lighter, fruitier touch yet there is also an attractive nuttiness from the Oloroso and a trace of vanilla from the barrel. There are hints of marzipan or turrón de yema tostada and dried fruits there too, giving an air of sophistication.
PalateRich, quite sweet, smooth and fruity, low on acidity and tannins, it is soft and well rounded yet has an attractive tang at the finish with traces of toffee and Indian tea. Sofly textured and gentle, this is ideal for sipping with a dessert or a good book.
CommentsUnlike most Creams which are blends of Oloroso and PX, and being from Chipiona the home of Moscatel, this is a blend of approximately 75% Oloroso and 25% Moscatel. It is aged as a blend from the start giving a homogeneous style and consistent character. The butts are positioned under cover at the edge of the "patio bodeguero" the patio at the heart of the bodega, where they get a little more heat than the other wines. This gives them a ripe mature style in the five years they are aged.