Monday, 5 February 2018

Oloroso 5 18.5%, Mar 7

Bright clean mahogany with copper glints fading to amber.
Attractive and classic Oloroso nose with beautifully integrated oxidation. It is generous, open and fresh with a hint of implied sweetness and lots of toasted nuts, a hint of turron yema tostada and a trace of oak, all nicely balanced with a certain savoury note.
Quite full bodied and well structured with a decent acidity keeping things tight then those nuts come through and the wine softens and opens outwith a faint trace of caramel to a well rounded but deeply flavoured character with considerable length. Textbook Oloroso.
Mar 7 is an unusual wine shop at Calle Mar, 7 opposite Bodegas Argüeso in Sanlúcar. This house with its own bodega dates from 1820 and was once owned by a cargador a Indias. This was the starting point of the famous bodega Pedro Romero founded in 1860, and it is a distant relative, María José Romero who runs this enterprising business. She has some original wines of Pedro Romero which are refreshed for her by Delgado Zuleta, making her wines pretty unique, and they are certainly very good. This Oloroso is one of them and has an average age of somewhere between 12-14 years. She sells wine both on draught and in bottle.
17 euros, Mar 7

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