What does one get for a sherry blogger who already drinks and owns far too much sherry as it is but you just can’t stop yourself because you admire his prose and dedication and want to show your appreciation …?
I know that many of you will be pondering this very question so here are some suggestions. As always, I focus here on the new wines I have not yet tried (marketing departments: note how this favours añadas) but I certainly won’t be sending back any bottles of La Panesa, Privilegio, Tresillo, Gran Barquero, 3 en rama, or anything from Finca Matalian etc. (If I get too many of each thing next year I will do a longer list but this risk seems remote …)
- Fino La Barajuela 2014 – I was lucky enough to try the wine then in the bota six months ago and it was absolutely epic. Fino La Barajuela 2013 was my favourite wine of 2016 and I cannot wait to meet its successor (and see the Oloroso too if it is ever released)
- Volume III of the Pitijopos, and of course the time and opportunity to drink the Pitijopos II that I already have.
- Manzanilla de Añada Callejuela 2012, Bota 3/11 – episode III of this fascinating experiment in static ageing.
- La Bota de Manzanilla Pasada 20, 40, 50 or 60 – I just love these noughty manzanilla pasadas (and already have some 70, thankyou)
- Amontillado Sacristia AB, Saca de 2016 – have had a cheeky preview and can’t wait to get my hands on a full bottle.
- Encrucijado 2014 – a more refined, focussed successor to the 2012 or so I am told.
- Golpe Maestro – the revolutionary wine by Federico Ferrer of the Cuatrogatos Wine Club
- Pandorga 2015 and UBE 2015 – and indeed anything else that comes out of the little goldmine that is Cota 45.
- The Juan Piñero VORS wines – which for whatever reason have managed to elude me so far.
- The Valdespino Añadas – single vintage wines that were glimpsed at Vinoble but haven’t been seen since (or did I imagine it)
As always, I am convinced I have forgotten something and may have to come back to this – I would be surprised in fact if it was only one thing. In any event, a fella would be pretty happy if the chap in red and/or the other three chaps and their various camels and reindeer could round up the above.