The tenth edition of Gonzalez Byass’s en rama bottling of the legendary fino and that moment of every year when a fella has to stop and salute the behemoth that is Gonzalez Byass. They don’t get much airtime on this blog for a few reasons – one being that the kind of restaurants and winebars … Continue reading Tio Pepe en rama 2019
The Taberna de Pedro is a cracking spot to restock on vitamins: tomatoes, asparagus, artichokes, peas, runner beans, green beans, borage, chard, peppers, mange tout, all of the above (menestra), pisto (con dos huevos) – the man is a genius with the green stuff (and if you are short of vitamin C the callos are … Continue reading Tio Pepe en Rama 2016 in the Taberna de Pedro
Other bodegas may have started earlier but noone puts more marketing heft into en ramas than the giant Gonzalez Byass. This was launched in an extravaganza here in Madrid a couple/few weeks ago (your correspondent was not invited) and no doubt around the globe. You have to give them their due. No one can match … Continue reading Tio Pepe en rama, 2017
This really is a top quality fino. Not the first time I had it. I think it was bottled late April and I first had it at three weeks (too early) and then 7 weeks in the bottle (zesty) and this at 15 weeks may not have all that spark but has a bit more … Continue reading Fino en rama Tio Pepe 2016
Not my first glass of this but my first chance to have a good look at this 2016 edition (here at the bar of Taberna Verdejo) and I like it. Has a very nice apple/apple sorbet nose and a fine, delicate almond profile – fresh almonds rather than bitter or toasted – tingling salinity in … Continue reading Fino en rama Tio Pepe 2016
Is worth two in the bush or something like that. I may be the last person I know to try the 2015 en rama fino by Tio Pepe but better late than never. Beautiful colour to it – a not too shiny gold and clear as an alpine lake. On the nose it is herbal, … Continue reading Uncle Joe on the branch (Fino en rama Tio Pepe, 2015)
On the left, a pleasant verdejo, on the right Tio Pepe fino en rama 2014. Even from the snapshot you get a sense of the greater intensity of the sherry. Not very expressive on the nose but a good solid mouthfull and just as well since it is artichoke time.
In the many hours that I was there yesterday I completely failed to take a picture of the Salon, the wall to wall stands of top class bodegas, the throngs of happy, thirsty professionals and “semi professionals” or the many fellow bloggers, tweeters and enthusiasts I finally had the pleasure of meeting in the flesh. … Continue reading El salon de los vinos generosos
Literally, “on the vine” an “en rama” is an unfiltered, unclarified wine that was originally intended to reproduce the taste of traditional wines drunk fresh, straight from the barrel. Most major bodegas now release finos and manzanillas en rama, the most widely available being the Tio Pepe and Barbadillo finos en rama and the Solear … Continue reading En rama: for keeps?
I am a big fan of en rama wines. I no longer have a category for them on the blog because almost all the wines I drink are en rama one way or the other, and I am not averse to filtered wines either, but on the whole if you offer me a filtered and an … Continue reading Wines for all seasons