Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Vermut Reserva Amillo 15%, Bodegas Altanza

Deep mahogany brown to amber at the rim which has a certain viscosity.
Attractive bitter-sweet nose with prominent Oloroso and PX on one side and a dry bitter wormwood side on the other, and they provide an attractive tension between them. Some botanical stand out more then others, such as gentian and cardamom and of course wormwood, and there are slight medicinal hints and notes of toffee, but it all works together very well.
Full bodied, bitter and tangy with the perfect amount of sweetness to balance. Naturally there are raisin notes from the PX which nicely counterbalance the wormwood, ans while it is quite intensely flavoured, everything is in harmony leaving a long dry bitter finish.
Despite being a collector from the Rioja, Roberto Amillo is a huge Sherry fan, and working with the Rioja firm of Bodegas Altanza he offers a range of outstanding Sherries and Brandy known as the Colección Roberto Amillo, from their small bodega in Jerez. He was one of the pioneers of the revival of Vermouth produced in Jerez which began some four years ago. The base wine is a blend of Oloroso with an average age of some 15 years and Pedro Ximénez with 6 in which no fewer than 32 botanicals are macerated. The precise formula is secret of course, but it includes wormwood, cinnamon, cardamom, thyme, aniseed, rosemary and clove and once prepared the product is aged in French oak barrels for six months before filtration and sale. There is also the Vermut Reserva Especial which is the same formula but aged for 14 months.
12.20 euros, Licores Corredera

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