Friday, 15 July 2016

Pedro Ximénez Oxford 1970 17%, Bodegas Dios Baco

Opaque black with a narrow walnut-brown rim, very viscous.
Intense toffee-laden raisin fruit with hints of dried fig and prune balance with gentle phenolic notes of grapeskin and traces of coffee and toast characteristic of long ageing in Jerez. There is a velvety texture apparent and a clear aroma of the raw material - sun-dried Pedro Ximénez grapes.
Very rich, viscous and very smooth at the start then it grows into a highly complex wine which is intensely sweet yet appears a bit less sweet as the flavour develops and the phenolic side comes through. The wine has a real feel to it and you can almost eat the texture of the raisins, and that has a delightful appeal which lingers for a considerable time on the palate.
This excellent PX scored 92 at Wine Enthusiast, and deservedly so. It is around 19 years average age and has the sort of depth and character only long ageing could bestow. I'm afraid I don't know why it has this name, I forgot to ask the last time I visited the bodega. It is not a vintage wine however; the 1970 may refer to the establishment of the solera, but as to the "Oxford" I don't know. Perhaps surprisingly, it is nearly as old as the firm's PX VOS which is not greatly above 20 years of average age, but it is good to know that PX of this standard is used to produce the Cream Sherry. This was the wine chosen by the Consejo Regulador as an ideal representative of good Jerez PX for bottling under the Consejo label in celebration of the 2014 City of Wine celebrations.
Around 11 euros per 50cl bottle ex bodega

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