After all those palo cortados last night I felt like a nice glass of amontillado and this is just the ticket.
I first opened this bottle back in September and have had a few dips in the time since – it is one of those wines you can drink on any occasion.
Anyway, here it is again, a beautiful orange amber colour – a touch darker than I remember from six weeks ago and maybe just a bit less sweetness on the nose. Seems an odd thing to say about a wine that has been traditionally aged for so long but in the few weeks open it seems to have lost a little energy.
It still has a powerful zingy, acidic feel to it -really acidic on the tongue – and a big flavour of smokey herbs and burnt caramel. What I love about these amontillados is not just the bready, nuttiness but the lack of astringency compared to the olorosos and palo cortados – they don’t seem to have the same reduction at a similar traditional age. It makes the finish much lighter and more elegant.
Whatever, this was cracking. Am glad to have had a couple of glasses, if sad to have finished the bottle by doing so.