Winesday with R&R Nov. 9, 2016: Sherry

15 November 2016
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15 November 2016, Comments: 0

Winesday with R&R Nov. 9, 2016

Hi… We are R & R and We Are Sherry Addicts

Full Disclosure:  We have a little problem with Sherry.  Richard and myself are Sherry nuts.  If there was a SLA (Sherry Lovers Anonymous) then we’d probably be founding members (along with our friends Diana and Margaux).   Whenever we have the opportunity to talk about Sherry or add it to a dinner/event, then we take full advantage.  Fortified wines are pretty special, but Sherry has us buy levitra malaysia hooked (Madeira too, but we’ll leave that for another day.)

We are of the belief that Sherry is one of the most undervalued wines in the world.  It is really misunderstood, as well.  We have been doing our best to spread the word, though.

So what is Sherry?  Sherry is made in the southern tip of Spain in the area that is known as “the Sherry Triangle”.  It is made up of three towns:  Jerez de la Fronterra, Sanlucar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa Maria.  

In short, they are wines that have had a spirit added to them,  once the fermentation has been completed, to fortify them.  (Many moons ago this was done to stabilize the wines for shipping)  They are a wine made by fractional blending .  What exactly does that mean?  Think of a number of rows of barrels stacked on top of each other.  The oldest ones are on the bottom and the youngest at the top.  So, quite simply, some Sherry is taken out of each layer of barrels to make the final blend.  This system, if you will, is called the Solera.

Some Sherry can be dry (we are trying one of those on Wednesday) and some are sweet.  (If you like pecan tarts or butter tarts, you’ll love the sweet one.)

Let’s just say this… this is not your grandmother’s Sherry.   We don’t want to geek out too much here.  After all, we have to leave something for when you come by.  We would like to say that it is well worth checking out the hyperlinks on the types of Sherry.  We could write the ink off of the paper talking about it, but we picked a couple of sites that do a great job explaining.

Our first two wines come from Gonzalez Byass

Gonzalez Byass Del Duque VORS

As you will see on the Gonzalez Byass website, the winery is still run by the family that founded the ‘house’ in 1835 (they actually started as a shipper). 

One of their best known Sherries is called Tio Pepe (Tio is Spanish for ‘uncle’).  As you guessed, this Sherry was named for their uncle Pepe.

You’ll notice on the label of this Del Duque that it says 30 years.  The minimum age of the first two Sherries is 30 years of age.  Can you imagine how much you would pay if this was a Scotch Whisky?  It wouldn’t be under $40.  That is for sure.   This is an Amontillado Sherry.  It also says VORS on the label.  It stands for Very Old Rare Sherry.

Okay, on to the Sherry.  This is how the winery describes this one.

Dark gold in colour, with pungent aromas that hark back to its ageing beneath the “flor” yeast. Notes of dried fruits and noble wood. Dry and lively on the palate, with a very long, aromatic and well-structured finish. Highly concentrated and complex. Perfect with parmesan and other mature cheeses.

Gonzalez Byass Del Duque VORS   CSPC:         771044

$ 34.38 (Winesday price)   $38.20 (regular price)

*Price correct at time of printing.  Price subject to change without notice.  Price does not include bottle deposit.

We are now heading to Gonzalez Byass Apostoles VORS, our second wine.   This one is a Palo Cortado Sherry.

Dark amber in colour, with aromas of concentrated fruit. A highly complex wine, soft and intense with notes of caramel and old oak, and a very long, smooth finish. Serve with patés, cheese and red meats.

Food Pairing:  Grilled chicken; Light Asian fare; Baked cod.

Gonzalez Byass Apostoles      CSPC:  711398   

$ 34.38  (Winesday Price)  $38.20 (Regular price)

* Price correct at time of printing.  Price subject to change without notice.  Price does not include bottle deposit.

Our final wine is from Bodegas Lustau

This winery dates back to the late 19th century.  They started out selling their wines to other exporting producers.  In the mid 20th century, although they still sold some of their wines to exporters, they started exporting their own wines.   They also decided to make a bottle that was all their own.  You will notice the difference in the shapes of the different bottles of Sherry when you pop by the store.

It is hard to believe when you look at these wines, that they are made from a white grape variety. Especially this one.

Bodegas Lustau Solera Reserva PX

“100% Pedro Ximénez, which are laid out in the sun after picking until they are practically raisins.”  “Ebony in colour with iodine highlights. The aromas are reminiscence of figs and raisins in the nose. Enormously sweet, velvety and soft on the palate, well balanced, with a very long finish.”

“Serve slightly chilled, between 10 – 12ºC (50 – 54ºF) in a white wine glass with rich desserts, cakes and pastries, or pour over vanilla ice cream. Perfect companion for strong blue cheeses. Ideal as a digestive.”

Lustau Solera Reserva PX San Emilio                 cspc  761490

$ 21.15 (Winesday Price)                  $ 23.50 (Regular Price)

* Price correct at time of printing.  Price subject to change without notice.  Price does not include bottle deposit.


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