Moriles Fino TBĀ 

Montilla Moriles has some fantastic producers – Perez Barquero, Alvear and Toro Albala – and in addition to the top class sweet wines some of the dry wines can be really good too (like this Fino Capataz and this Amontillado Marques de Poley – among many others, as This blog  will tell you). However more often than not I tend to find them a bit heavy in texture (like this Fino los Amigos) although that is not always a bad thing – I remember the texture working really well in an oloroso release by Equipo Navazos.

This is definitely in the heavy going category – it was a gift and a nice surprise but even the giver told me they used it to cook with. The colour is very very pale and the nose is very pungent with ozone and nutty and yeasty aromas (I will say that for them – they tend to be good on the nose). Then on the palate it is a bit of a brute – the heavy texture, pronounced bitterness and alcohol – a bit disjointed.

I wonder what one cooks with this … 


Fino Quinta


This effort from Osborne is another of my Marbella supermarket purchases and more of a quaffing fino than anything. When nice and cold it is nice and refreshing, but if you try and extract aromas and flavours the fruit comes across as a little bitter and the aromas a little short – not a lot of body and a thin feel to it.