Bodegas Barón "Micaela", Amontillado
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Half-Bottle of Bodegas Barón "Micaela", Amontillado

Item # 43155 375mL

Amontillado Sherries are the best of both worlds as they have gone through a biological flor aging as well as an oxidative aging process and all within a solera system. An ideal Sherry to drink before a meal as it nearly cleanses the palate yet is whetting it at the same time. Complex, dry, delicious.

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Staff Pick Notes

I miss Spain and I miss summer. I miss summer days in Spain. But when I get nostalgic and want to cherish memories of distant places, I usually gravitate towards the food, wine, or cocktails I enjoyed there. Then I call up a friend and we chat. I’m not a great texter, and I don’t use WhatsApp much, so I prefer old school conversations over the phone. This time I’m calling Irene, she lives in Andalusia, and her favorite drink is sherry, and that’s why I have chosen this Amontillado to sip tonight. Bodegas Barón "Micaela", Amontillado delivers a delightful nutty flavor with a hint of caramel and sea salt. Perfectly pairs with Spanish tapas and long conversations involving soul searching.

- DK

Glossary

Spain

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 most stringent requirements) red Crianzas must be aged a minimum of two years; Reservas, at least three...

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Jerez

Sherry actually gets its name from our anglo-inability to pronounce the word “Jerez,” the town at the southern end of Spain in which the wine is produced. Like Champagne, Sherry can only be called Sherry if it comes from this specific region. That said, there are other “Sherry-styled” wines worthy of note produced outside of the Sherry D.O. (known as vinos generosos). Montilla, lying to the north-east of Jerez, produces some of the finest Pedro Ximénez in the world.

Amontillado

These Sherries begin life as Finos but lose their flor at some point along the way (usually around the seven year mark in the solera). As they are exposed to oxygen, Amontillados develop intense, nutty aromas and become richer in texture. They are almost always dry, though many possess a caramelized note that may be perceived as sweetness. These Sherries can last two to three weeks (in the refrigerator) after opening, but should still be consumed relatively young. Amontillados fall into the...

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Palomino

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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