Gran Barquero Fino

 

As a friend pointed out this week, I am on a bit of a pedro ximenez spree at the moment. After enjoying the Oloroso and the Capataz I couldn’t resist opening this fino. Like the Capataz it is Montilla Moriles and 100% pedro ximenez, has been under the flor a good while (8-10 years I have read) but it is quite a different wine. 

It is paler, clearer in colour and, as always, clear as a bell. On the nose it is quite grapey with some nuts and herbs – thyme and so on. It is full bodied and solid in the mouth but the glycerol of the px is not that noticeable. The flavours are tremendous – salty dry grass, yeasty bread, dying away to unsalted almonds – just a hint of edge to it but a lovely soft finish – hardly a trace of bitterness. A really nice, drinkable fino.

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