A blog and review on all things Sherry. It is about tasting, enjoyment and learning more about the World’s Finest Wine. "Sherry is a thoroughbred" as Javier Hidalgo rightly puts it. Included are the amazing local Brandies and the remarkably good table wines also produced in the province of Cádiz.
Oloroso Castillo de Guzmán 18.5%, Cooperativa Albarizas
Fairly deep mahogany fading to amber with copper highlights. Nose
Forthcoming, fresh and attractive with lots of toasted almond and walnut and hints of caramel, garrapiñada (almond cooked in sugar), toasted bread and oak barrels. The toasted and woody notes, while gentle, give a hint of seriousness to a wine with a bit of charm. It's much better than some coop Oloroso for bars or further ageing, it has character.
Mid to full bodied with a decent attack which quickly mellows and all those toasty, oaky, nutty and caramel flavours come through. It is dry but nicely rounded and not too intense. It doesn't assault the palate with tannin or volatile acidity, it has decent grip but just gives pleasure, and has amazing length. Not super complex but super drinkable.
This attractive wine is made by the Cooperative Albarizas at Trebujena, which is in the production zone and therefore can't use the word Sherry on the label. That is what is though, and this is the first time it has been bottled, to celebrate the coop's 40th anniversary in 2017. It is a limited release and is a blend of wines from selected butts in the solera. The coop, which up till now has only sold its wine in bulk to bars and other bodegas, feels there is a retail market for well priced bottled wine, and has even opened a shop. The wine is not particularly old or strong so it is very useful everyday wine of decent quality and is very good value. I can see it selling well.