Monday, 20 August 2018

Amontillado El Neto 18%, Bodegas Manuel Aragón

Deep amber with golden highlights.
Fresh and fairly young, it has all the almonds and hazelnuts, toasted bread and a hint of caramel one would expect but there are still faint traces of the Fino it once was in the form of a very slight  bitterness and an attractive lightness. It is elegant and quite refined.
The same holds true on the palate. It is moderately crisp, quite light and has a pleasant tang which brings out that nuttiness and a hint of salted caramel. It is at a nice stage of development and is good and dry leaving a sort of Fino/Amontillado character on the long elegant finish.
The origins of Bodegas Manuel Aragón, known after its despacho (wine shop) as “El Sanatorio” (hospital or clinic), go back to the XVIII century. This family firm is in Chiclana in the production zone and so cannot use the word “Sherry” on its labels –even though two of their wines bottled by Equipo Navazos scored almost maximum Parker points: Palo Cortado La Bota 62 (98) and Oloroso La Bota 63 (99). Anyway they have their own vineyards and make red, white, rosé and vermouth as well as the various Sherry styles. This is their standard Amontillado which is somewhere around 10-12 years old and is very good value for money. The word “neto” is an old word for a cart driver.

6.20 euros, Licores Corredera

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