Having been reading professional online tasting notes for Sherry recently, I am beginning to think many tasters really don’t understand it. One looks for nuttiness in Moscatel and “fruit vibrancy” in an Amontillado, while 16.5 points are awarded to both La Cigarrera PX and Osborne Venerable VORS PX! Then González Byass’ utterly magnificent Cuatro Palmas gets only 16 points, probably because it has a “painful palate – just too tart for me. A curiosity rather than a drink.” Here’s another: Barbadillo’s basic PX gets 16 points – and so does the VORS – no difference there then! Notes like these are not helpful to consumers and make tasters look ridiculous.