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Barbadillo Amontillado Sherry

Sherry from Jerez, Spain
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        This wine was aged as a Manzanilla for three years before loosing the "flor" as it was not regulary refreshed with young wine.

        It has a bright amber and topaz colour. On the palate there are hints of dried fruit, flor ageing, wood and baked apple. It is medium dry, long, persistent and full-bodied; very complex. It is perfect as an aperitif, or may be served with soups or mushrooms dishes.

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        Barbadillo, Jerez, Spain
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        After almost two centuries, Barbadillo is still a 100% family owned Spanish business. Barbadillo owns 500 hectares of vineyards spread out over two estates, Gibalbín and Santa Lucía, located in the area known as Upper Jerez. The former has a winemaking plant equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

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        Known more formally as Jerez de la Frontera, Jerez is a city in Andalucía in southwest Spain and the center of the Jerez region and sherry production. Sherry is a mere English corruption of the term Jerez, while in French, Jerez is written, Xérès. Manzanilla is the freshest style of sherry, naturally derived from the seaside town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda.

        Most sherries are dry and meant to pair alongside food but Americans have traditionally focused on the sweet ones. Sherry comes from only one place in the entire world, Andalucía, where the soil and unique seasonal changes give an unsurpassed character to its wines. The many styles change with the process of production, not really the grape, though certain styles are reserved for different grapes. The main grapes are Palomino, Pedro Ximénez and Muscat of Alexandria.

        Pedro Ximénez can make some amazing sweet sherries. Cream Sherry is technically the sweetest, darkest style of Sherry, except sometimes Pedro Ximénez can be sweeter. The rest of the styles are dry and dependent on the action of flor, which are benevolent film-forming yeasts that make a floating veil on the surface of the wine and protect it from oxidation.

        Fino, from Jerez, and Manzanilla, from the humid and cool coastal town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, are the lightest styles and are meant to be drunk young.

        Amontillado happens when a Fino’s layer of flor fades and the wine starts to oxidize. Quite simply it is an aged Fino that has a darker color and richer palate.

        When flor yeast dies unexpectedly, the result is Palo Cortado. Palo Cortado Sherries can behave like Amontillado on the palate but often show a greater balance of richness and delicacy.

        Oloroso never develops flor but is oxidized for five to twenty five years and become aromatic and strong like a fine bourbon.

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