This blog may appear to be turning into an elmundovino.com appreciation society but it is not the case. I have of course always held them up as an authority but this recent apparent burst of enthusiasm is a symptom of Murphy’s law of periodicity. It is simply that, like buses in the London rain, you wait a long time for them to do a piece on sherries and then they come along again and again and again.
After last week’s tasting of Equipo Navazos by Victor de la Serna today they have published the results of a tasting of finos, manzanillas and some bigger beasts by Victor de la Serna, Juancho Asenjo and Alberto Pérez Marín. Really top class tasting too: the Palmas series by Gonzalez Byass and leading en ramas of the likes of Solear, Pastora, Fernando de Castilla, and la Guita. There is even a glimpse of the Callejuela Manzanilla de Añada 2012 2/11.
Overall the scoring is very high (which is no more than you would expect), although curiously they don’t seem to have enjoyed the wines from el Puerto. Interestingly, they compared the Solear en Rama summer 2016 (aka the Teal) with its 2015 counterpart (the Rednecked Nightjar) and found that the year in bottle had given the 2015 an extra dimension. So much so that the tasting is accompanied by an op ed questioning the apparently still commonly held notion that en rama wines are for immediate consumption. I for one fully endorse that view – and the good news is that I reckon I know where to get some more of the Nightjar.
Best of all, the fact that they call the cata “Jerez I” strongly suggests that there is more to come …