Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Oloroso en rama 2001 saca enero 2019 21.5%, Williams & Humbert

Bright deep amber or polished antique chestnut with old gold highlights.
Classic, fragrant and finely honed Oloroso aromas of toasted bread and nuts, tobacco, walnut, leather and a trace of antique polished furniture. There is a lightness of touch here and the wine is very fresh, elegant and aromatic with a faint suggestion of sweetness.
Fresh, generous and well rounded, still with that apparent sweetness but it gradually fades to dryness. There is a certain gentle grip, from wood tannin one supposes, and it adds structure but not so much that it detracts from the wine´s elegance and distinct charm. It seems so young in many ways and while it is over 17 years old already it could continue to age heroically both in butt and bottle.
Like all the firm´s vintage en rama wines, the grapes came from their albariza vineyards in the pagos Carrascal and Añina with some 20 and 60 years of age. Only first pressing musts were used which after fermentation were fortified to 18% and filled into 36@ ex Oloroso butts and left to develop oxidatively and statically under close supervision for over 17 years. Since the solera system was not used, and the wine was thus never topped up over all that time, there was a noticeable evaporation loss causing a gain in alcohol of 3.5%. In fact, without those regular rocios provided by the solera, the wine develops more rapidly and more individually which makes the añada wines so interesting. The 2010 vintage was more or less normal climatologically.
42.20 euros per 50cl, Licores Corredera

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