The Astor Wines & Spirits Glossary

Oloroso

This style of Sherry is dark, rich, full-bodied and complex. Oloroso Sherries mature in cask for up to 25 years with no flor whatsoever, and are thus directly exposed to oxygen over a long period of time. This oxidation gives Oloroso its dark color and powerful aroma, and makes it the perfect accompaniment to hearty stews or meat dishes (if not on its own as a digestif). Olorosos are generally dry unless otherwise specified (as in the case of “sweet Olorosos” in which small quantities of Pedro Ximénez wine have been added). Olorosos should be served at room temperature; they can last a few months after opening, longer if refrigerated.
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