Fino "La Barajuela", Luis Perez
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Fino "La Barajuela", Luis Perez - 2016

Item # 41585 750mL
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Tasting Notes

Barajuela is a type of albariza soil which is chalk-based and white and uniquely from the Jerez region. This is not a fortified sherry though and is rather a vintage Palomino Fino (aged with flor) and made in a fashion the preceded the Solera system of aging that dominates Sherry production today. The extract and density on the palate is unctuous, precise and sharp all at once.

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Staff Pick Notes

What we've come to know and love as sherry--fortified and solera-aged--has been around so long it would be easy to assume it was always thus. But go back far enough, and you'll find a wine-making tradition that involves neither. Luis Perez and his son, Willy, are turning back the clock, way back, making red and white wines that are expressive of their terroir and vintage the way they once did. The grapes for this wine come from a small parcel of Barajuelas soil, which has a high concentration of chalk and results in lower yields, thicker skins and a muscular, more concentrated wine. The aromas and flavors are classic fino: marcona almonds, citrus, herbal, and saline notes, but amplified x10. It's a big bold, powerful wine, perfect for the table. Only 1100 bottles of this were made. Snap it up while you can.


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Central to the Spanish winemaking philosophy is the belief that wine should be released only when it is ready to be consumed, and not a moment before. Spanish wine law focuses squarely on this issue: the terms Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are highly regulated indicators of the amount of time a wine has aged prior to its release. In Rioja, Navarra, and the Ribera del Duero (which have the...

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Fino Sherries are the driest and most delicate of the lot. Here, the flor is at its thickest and most protective. This style of Sherry is light and refreshing - it spends an average of only three to five years in the solera. It should absolutely be consumed while young, within at most a year after its release. Fino Sherry works fantastically as an aperitif, as it pairs particularly well with...

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Accounting for over 90% of the vine plantings in Jerez, this relatively neutral grape provides the ideal “blank canvas” for the creation of fabulously complex Sherries (much like the Ugni Blanc grape does in Cognac).

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