Fino en rama Santa Petronila – December 2015 

This was one of my puchases from Casa del Jerez -at their recommendation – and an excellent recommendation it was too. I couldn’t resist opening it after seeing it in a tweet by Criadera and I am very glad I did.

It is an “old” style fino en rama – haven’t seen a ficha as such but I bet it has a few years underflor. It is dark gold in colour and with big hay bales and yeasty aromas. Age and hay bales on the palate too: slightly sour bitter almonds first up, nice zingy salinity and then big smoky, bready flavours and the woolly texture of the acetaldehide. Long too.

The colour, the haybales and bread, and the impression of age remind me for all the world of the macharnudo alto finos by Equipo Navazos and its no surprise to find out that the Santa Petronila finca is indeed up there (and I assume the vines are too but who knows). The bodega was described to me as the smallest bodega in the region, producing only 800 half-litre bottles a year, and from what I can see on their website it is also a guest house. In fact it looks a cracking spot, and  they mention on their website an amontillado, an oloroso and a PX.

Must be worth a visit based on this fino!

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