Thursday, 23 January 2014

Fino Quinta 15%, Bodegas Osborne

Pale golden straw, light legs.
Flor followed by saline almondiness beautifully balanced by gentle background fruit and a hint of camomile. There is a slight fatness typical of finos from El Puerto, but it is deep and well rounded, yet always with that bitter flor edge, lovely.
Similar to nose really, deep flor influence but with the perfect manners imparted by that fruity floral note. Just enough bitterness to show its quality. I would guess it is about five years old, and it has considerable length and is terribly moreish.
An excellent fino. The name "Quinta" has nothing to do with Port vineyards (although Osborne do produce Port). It refers to the solera which is the fifth (Sp."quinta") row of butts. In other words, the solera system for this wine consists of four criaderas and a solera. If only Osborne would promote their excellent wines a bit harder. They have some gems of soleras.
In Spain 6.50 Euros. Availability in UK soon apparently. Check with importers Grands Chais de France or Emporia Brands. I've checked already, and there seems to be no news so far.....

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