The ultimate food wine
Sherry is the historic, fortified wine of Spain's deep South. In the last handful of years it has been experiencing a renaissance, thanks in part to taste-making sommeliers from NYC and London, who've been swooning over this undervalued food wine. Sherry is made in a range of styles, from briny Fino and Manzanilla (think Tio Pepe) to rich and nutty expressions like Amontillado and Oloroso. While sales of commercial grade, sweeter Cream Sherries have (perhaps deservedly) fallen dramatically in recent years, sales of high-quality Fino, Oloroso, Amontillado and PX sherries have grown significantly. The diversity of styles - from bone-dry to startlingly rich & sweet - makes them remarkably versatile for dining. There is literally a sherry for every dish, and the quality, character and value of these wines is stunning when compared to the price of other classic wines.
Fernando de Castilla was founded in 1837, and purchased in 1999 by Norwegian-born Jan Pettersen, formerly of Osborne. Under Pettersen's direction, Fernando de Castilla has grown to be one of the highest quality, most influential Bodegas in the region. They offer two separate ranges of Sherry: Classic and Antique. The Antique wines are recognizable by the stylized letter on the label. They are made from a single solera (the pyramid of barrels used in the production of Sherry for fractioned blending) and undergo extensive aging. These are limited production wines for the connoisseur or the curious beginner.
'Antique' Oloroso (20% abv.)
This wine is made from 100% Palomino grown on limestone-rich albariza soils. Unlike Fino and Manzanilla, Oloroso is fortified at an earlier stage to inhibit the development of flor. Without this protective layer, the wine is exposed to oxygen during the aging process and develops an intriguing, nutty character. This wine is rich, dry, and highly complex with alluring notes of salted caramel, toasted hazelnuts and orange zest. Serve with sharp cheese, nuts and olives, soups, grilled pork tenderloin or even holiday turkey.
The NV Antique Oloroso is open and expressive in the nose, with a predominant note of hazelnuts and varnished wood, a sweet touch of spices, brandy filled chocolates and orange rind. The perfectly balanced palate shows intense, clean, pure flavors and great length. 5,000 bottles produced yearly. Drink 2013-2016
— 95 Points, Robert Parker
Delicate aromatics of buttermilk, nutmeg, raisins and smoke. Very nicely balanced with rich fruit and nuts. Tangy style which is compact and harmonious. Long, spicy finish. — Decanter Magazine
Nutty, lavender-perfumed 20-year-old elixir, for consommé or cheese.
— Jancis Robinson