Monday, 16 May 2016

Oloroso 12 Years Old Don Zoilo 19%, Williams & Humbert

Bright amber to topaz with old gold glints, legs.
Fairly crisp with lots of toasted nuts with walnut overtones and a trace of American oak. Some Olorosos are big and powerful, but this is tight and refined, elegant. There are hints of autumn leaves, tobacco and a background suggestion of warm spices like cinnamon and clove backed by a trace of implied sweetness so it is not lacking in complexity.
Very fresh and lively with lots of flavour and length driven by a decent acidity which gives it an attractive tang laden with nuts and that warm spice. Very tasty with a long and immaculate finish.
It seems that the Williams & Humbert Colección 12 Years Old range is now the Don Zoilo 12 Years Old range, though the word "Collection" does appear on the label. Anyway the quality is excellent. The wine is named after Don Zoilo Ruiz Mateos Camacho, father of José Maria who founded Rumasa. The original Don Zoilo Sherry was a top quality but expensive Fino produced in honour of Don Zoilo, who was much respected as a bodeguero and much loved by his family. Now the range consists of Fino, Manzanilla, Amontillado, Olloroso, Cream and PX. Twelve years is a good age for a Sherry, still full of zest and decent complexity, and not full of tannin.
8.00 euros from Licores Corredera

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