Just can’t get these beautiful Sherries out of my mind. What I think of is the study objects at the Sherry Master Class by Anders Öhman during the Sommeliers’ Days in Gothenburg.
All by Gonzalez Byass and a charming overview of different Sherry styles:
- Tio Pepe Fino, light superdry, acetaldehyde.
- Viña AB Amontillado, dry, tight, almonds and dried apricots.
- Alfonso Oloroso Seco, dry, nutty, flamed almonds, marzipan, raisins, dried dates and butterscotch.
- Leonor Palo Cortado, dry, with nuts, marzipan, raisins, mouthfilling glycerol.
- Apostoles Palo Cortado Muy Viejo VORS, Palomino blended with 13% Pedro Ximenez for a little sweetness. Complex with dried Christmas fruits, orange chocolate, nougat. Superb!
- Matusalem Oloroso Dulce Muy ViejoVORS. Palomino blended with 25% Pedro Ximenez. Sweet, thick, chops, dark chocolate, dried fruits, complex.
- Nóe Pedro Ximenez VORS. Rich, concentrated, very sweet with dried fruits, figs, coffee and chocolate.
The last three are all Very Old Rare Special, which means they have been matured in barrel for at least 30 years. Additionally, approval from sensoric tasting is required before putting VORS on the label.
A beautiful line up. Sherry charm.