Monday, 4 July 2016
Amontillado Pinos Viejos 17.5%, Bodegas Barón
Mid amber with brassy highlights, legs.
Quite forthcoming and very savoury with obvious recent crianza biológica, early stage oxidation with a little puppy fat and a salted caramel note. There are plenty of nuts: peanut praline and turrón and a certain glyceric sweetness. Very Sanluqueño in style with a trace of seaside.
Open with a gentle texture, and while it seems to have a touch of sweetness at first it is dry with a fairly low acidity. Being a young wine it is easy on the palate but yet opens out into a creditable Amontillado with more character than one would expect for its age. Long clean finish.
It seems that Barón have added a new range of younger wines to their catalogue: Pino Viejo is a brand they have used for years but it has now been made into a complete entry level range of nine wines, all with the same label, but equally artistic and colourful as the other wines. This wine is only 5 years old yet has real character at a very affordable price.
PriceAbout 8 euros from La Casa del Jerez