Top fortified wines for the holidays

No hay mejor momento para abrir y disfrutar con familia y amigos de los vinos encabezados (fortified wines) que estas vacaciones, asegura Olivia Mason en la revista Decanter. Y para ello nos propone los vinos más destacados en los Decanter World Wine Awards de 2019. En la máxima categoría (Best in Show) solo dos españoles, ambos de Bodegas Lustau: el Oloroso VORS y el Amontillado Almacenista Antonio Caballero y Sobrinos Del Castillo. 

Lustau, 30 Years Old V.O.R.S, Oloroso, Sherry, Spain NV
This venerable Oloroso betrays its purity and unsullied nature by the lightness of its pale russet colour. It’s deeply aromatic, yet finely composed in terms of its aromatic profile, with dried apricot, peach and even mango combining with an orange peel tang and a basmati-rich cereal sweetness. The palate is coruscatingly dry and hugely concentrated; all of those aromatic notes harmonise with almost elixir-like force. This is a hugely exciting Oloroso with which to challenge any wine lover who doesn’t yet understand the treasures which linger and lurk in the sherry region. Drink 2019-2020. 

Lustau, Almacenista Antonio Caballero y Sobrinos Del Castillo, Amontillado, Sherry, Spain NV
For sheer aromatic power and penetration, almost no class of sherry can rival authentic Amontillado; it seems to remember the pungency of its fino youth, but multiply that tenfold using the power of its post-flor ageing. This orange-gold Amontillado perfectly reflects that: nuts, apricots, bung hessian and scented bodega dust come charging from the glass, while the wine dances on the palate with the force of its aromatic charge and the inner electricity and tension wrapped up in its flavours. Limitlessly dry and refined. Drink 2019-2020.

Otros nueve vinos, uno de Rueda y ocho de Jerez, obtuvieron la categoría Platino. Cuatro de ellos pertenecen a Bodegas Lustau y  tres a Bodegas González Byass.

Católico Agrícola, Moscatel de Pasas Los Madroñales, Moscatel, Sherry, Spain NV

González Byass, Tío Pepe Cuatro Palmas, Amontillado, Sherry, Spain NV

González Byass, Tío Pepe Tres Palmas, Fino, Sherry, Spain NV

Hijos de Alberto Gutiérrez, De Alberto Dorado Verdejo, Rueda, Spain NV

Lustau, 30 Years Old V.O.R.S, Amontillado, Sherry, Spain NV

Lustau, 30 Years Old V.O.R.S, Palo Cortado, Sherry, Spain NV

Lustau, 30 Years Old V.O.R.S, Pedro Ximénez, Sherry, Spain NV

Lustau, Almacenista José Luis González Obregón Del Puerto, Fino, Sherry, Spain NV

Tío Pepe, Una Palma, Fino, Sherry, Spain NV
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