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by Andrew Ward
June 28th, 2017, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: two old solera sherries
Replies: 16
Views: 440

TN: two old solera sherries

And just on the solera point, these wines would really have been static for a long period rather than part of a solera, which is where you get the high level of volatile/acetic from. Again the impact of that is amazing on the first mouthful but you soon get used to the effect - could explain the imp...
by Andrew Ward
June 28th, 2017, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: two old solera sherries
Replies: 16
Views: 440

TN: two old solera sherries

I must admit I am surprised by the flattening observation too. If the thing has been oxidating for the last 90 years you wouldn't expect a couple of hours to affect it too much. Maybe if the wine has been in the bottle for 50 years - I must admit I find the older bottle aged wines a bit tired at tim...
by Andrew Ward
June 28th, 2017, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: two old solera sherries
Replies: 16
Views: 440

TN: two old solera sherries

Hi John - fascinating notes and these are indeed very rare and hard to get wines. They are actually almost the same wines as the palo cortados and amontillados that Equipo Navazos bottled as numbers 41, 47, 48, 49 and 51. Unfortunately after allowing EN to take those bottlings Pedro Romero, who had ...
by Andrew Ward
April 9th, 2017, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Palo Cortados: History, not Mystery
Replies: 0
Views: 180

Palo Cortados: History, not Mystery

Wanted to share this post about an absolutely outstanding tasting I was at a month ago given by Ramiro Ibañez, featuring some of the more exciting new wines around in the sherry region and, more importantly, the first really convincing explanation I have heard of the origin of the wines and the name...
by Andrew Ward
January 15th, 2017, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pitijopos: lessons in the terroir of Jerez
Replies: 6
Views: 209

Pitijopos: lessons in the terroir of Jerez

If you are interested you can see the unfortified palomino wines under the "Blanco de Albariza" tab of my blog. The ones to look out for are UBE, the wines by "Alba Viticultores", "Los 30 del Cuadrado", but if I am honest it is extremely unlikely you will find them outside Spain. https://undertheflo...
by Andrew Ward
January 15th, 2017, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pitijopos: lessons in the terroir of Jerez
Replies: 6
Views: 209

Pitijopos: lessons in the terroir of Jerez

Unfortunately these pitijopos are a one off project - very limited amounts - but if you visit there are a lot of pago specific mostos and unofortified palomino wines that you can try, and some new ones are due to be released soon. Another really positive development (in my view) is that now the real...
by Andrew Ward
January 15th, 2017, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pitijopos: lessons in the terroir of Jerez
Replies: 6
Views: 209

Pitijopos: lessons in the terroir of Jerez

similar but I am not sure if it is quite the same: Mosto - in Jerez/Sanlucar - an unfortified wine - in Madrid - unfermented grape juice, given to kids on family occasions and occasionally drunk as an aperitif/used in cocktails Not aware of it being used as a cooking ingredient and from what little ...
by Andrew Ward
January 15th, 2017, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pitijopos: lessons in the terroir of Jerez
Replies: 6
Views: 209

Pitijopos: lessons in the terroir of Jerez

This week I finally got around to tasting Volume II of the "Pitijopos". Pitijopos is the Jerez/Sanlucar word for damson flies but here it is the name given to a boxed set of six "mostos", or palomino wines, from different vineyards in the Jerez region. (Mosto is the name given to the unfortified pal...
by Andrew Ward
January 15th, 2017, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Manzanilla en rama Solear - birds of a feather (and a mouse)
Replies: 15
Views: 722

Manzanilla en rama Solear - birds of a feather (and a mouse)

Yes indeed - it is still a cracking wine at that price, and if it is all you can get then well worth it.
by Andrew Ward
January 10th, 2017, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Manzanilla en rama Solear - birds of a feather (and a mouse)
Replies: 15
Views: 722

Manzanilla en rama Solear - birds of a feather (and a mouse)

No, Solear is not at the same level as the En Rama but what you say is right - the very fact that it is so cheap conditions the way that you think about it.
by Andrew Ward
January 10th, 2017, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Salty tasting notes
Replies: 41
Views: 1597

Salty tasting notes

My understanding is that there is in fact salt - and minerals of every kind - in wines. They are heavily present in the wines of Jerez and Sanlucar and are laid bare in manzanilla by the biological ageing process, but will be more or less prominent in other wines too - fwiw depending more on the soi...
by Andrew Ward
January 9th, 2017, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Manzanilla en rama Solear - birds of a feather (and a mouse)
Replies: 15
Views: 722

Manzanilla en rama Solear - birds of a feather (and a mouse)

Solear itself has six years under flor amd is sharp and vertical: the chalk and celery flavours are there, but it is a sharp, direct wine. The En Rama is only a couple of years older - seems to be on the cusp of oxidation - but being unfiltered (and from selected botas) has a much more pronounced in...
by Andrew Ward
January 9th, 2017, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Encrucijado 2012 and 2014
Replies: 1
Views: 112

Encrucijado 2012 and 2014

Wanted to write about a wine that almost noone on here will have tried but which is, for me, one of the most exciting projects in the recent history of Jerez. , Jerez is an ancient wine region - Shakespeare, all the rest - but the biologically aged wines for which Jerez is now predominantly known ar...
by Andrew Ward
January 8th, 2017, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sanlucar Champagne: The Wines of Alba Viticultores
Replies: 11
Views: 686

Sanlucar Champagne: The Wines of Alba Viticultores

Indeed not apologies for any confusion but the term was used with poetic rather than factual intention. Fernando Angulo, who more than anyone embodies this project, is a renowned ambassador and seller of Champagnes in Spain, and a close friend of some of the great new producers.
by Andrew Ward
January 8th, 2017, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sanlucar Champagne: The Wines of Alba Viticultores
Replies: 11
Views: 686

Sanlucar Champagne: The Wines of Alba Viticultores

Yes indeed! the capital letter was misappropriated!
by Andrew Ward
January 8th, 2017, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Manzanilla en rama Solear - birds of a feather (and a mouse)
Replies: 15
Views: 722

Manzanilla en rama Solear - birds of a feather (and a mouse)

It really is stunning - the summer saca has been taken from the solera after a period of great stress for the flor, so there is oxidation and concentration that you don't get in the others. And that on top of the Solear en rama - the most powerfully flavoured of the manzanilla en ramas, and one that...
by Andrew Ward
January 8th, 2017, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to look for on a sherry bottle
Replies: 3
Views: 184

What to look for on a sherry bottle

A Fino from 2012 might be absolutely fascinating. The effect of bottle ageing on these wines is so varied it is impossible to say for sure - had a 10 year old fino from macharnudo (Equipo Navazos No 2) that was as fresh as a daisy. However that was a fantastic wine to start with. Hard to get anythin...
by Andrew Ward
January 8th, 2017, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to look for on a sherry bottle
Replies: 3
Views: 184

What to look for on a sherry bottle

Thought I would share my latest piece for the DO de Jerez: What to look for on a sherry bottle. I appreciate that buying sherry can seem unnecessarily complicated but the good news is that as the region recovers young winemakers are making wines distinguishable by vintage and even by terroir. May be...
by Andrew Ward
January 8th, 2017, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Manzanilla en rama Solear - birds of a feather (and a mouse)
Replies: 15
Views: 722

Manzanilla en rama Solear - birds of a feather (and a mouse)

And now the Autumn 2016 is available - https://undertheflor.com/2016/12/11/man ... tumn-2016/
This really is one of the outstanding sherry releases and one I look for regularly. Would be fascinated to hear if this ever makes it over there to the States
by Andrew Ward
January 8th, 2017, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sanlucar Champagne: The Wines of Alba Viticultores
Replies: 11
Views: 686

Sanlucar Champagne: The Wines of Alba Viticultores

And another update - this time the Alba Brut Nature Rosado 2014. Must admit that this was slightly disappointing as a rose brut nature, but would have been an enjoyable wine if I hadn' followed it with a Jean Vesselle!
https://undertheflor.com/2017/01/05/alb ... sado-2014/
by Andrew Ward
November 18th, 2016, 4:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sherry Week
Replies: 17
Views: 593

Sherry Week

And the Maestro Sierra you speak of is indeed a monster. I have a bottle on the go for the last few months in case I need an emergency sip
by Andrew Ward
November 18th, 2016, 4:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sherry Week
Replies: 17
Views: 593

Sherry Week

That is a pretty decent sherry week alright! The May 2015 saca is my personal favourite of the Tradicion finos but they are still jumping around a bit as the solera takes shape. Makes it pretty interesting to try them all. Surprised you didn't like the Pata de Gallina - one of my favourites. SteveG ...
by Andrew Ward
November 13th, 2016, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sherry Week
Replies: 17
Views: 593

Sherry Week

That is a cracking effort indeed - top class.
by Andrew Ward
November 13th, 2016, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sherry Week
Replies: 17
Views: 593

Sherry Week

Great to see Lorenzo travelling the world! We had a great tasting with him this week - the highlight of the week for me in fact. He is indeed a good lad to share a table with and the wines aren't bad eithr. Their efforts to create a new fino solera over the last few years gave us a really interestin...
by Andrew Ward
November 6th, 2016, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sherry Week
Replies: 17
Views: 593

Sherry Week

or a half case! When you say home do you mean Madrid?
by Andrew Ward
November 6th, 2016, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sanlucar Champagne: The Wines of Alba Viticultores
Replies: 11
Views: 686

Sanlucar Champagne: The Wines of Alba Viticultores

Just a quick update with a TN of a wine by these guys that is really singing https://undertheflor.com/2016/11/06/alb ... abla-2014/ - which also includes a link to a brilliant interview (in Spanish) with Fernando himself.
by Andrew Ward
November 6th, 2016, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sherry Week
Replies: 17
Views: 593

Sherry Week

Well said that man! Or PX as a dessert, if necessary
by Andrew Ward
November 5th, 2016, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Callejuela Manzanilla de Añada 2012 - the first two botas
Replies: 1
Views: 122

Callejuela Manzanilla de Añada 2012 - the first two botas

Just an update to say that the 2/11 seems to have really come in to its own - https://undertheflor.com/2016/11/05/man ... juela-211/ - really excellent
by Andrew Ward
November 5th, 2016, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sherry Week
Replies: 17
Views: 593

Sherry Week

This next week is time to get your sherry on in no uncertain terms. There is plenty going on - in Madrid it is wall to wall - https://undertheflor.com/2016/11/05/sherry-week-in-madrid/ - but there is also a link in there to the official website which shows events all around the world. Frankly for me...
by Andrew Ward
October 16th, 2016, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Callejuela Manzanilla de Añada 2012 - the first two botas
Replies: 1
Views: 122

Callejuela Manzanilla de Añada 2012 - the first two botas

Wanted to write something about one of the more interesting projects to have come out of the sherry triangle in recent years - something that was apparently almost accidental in its conception but I believe may prove to be historically important for the sector. The Callejuela manzanilla de "añada", ...
by Andrew Ward
October 10th, 2016, 12:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sanlucar Champagne: The Wines of Alba Viticultores
Replies: 11
Views: 686

Sanlucar Champagne: The Wines of Alba Viticultores

Thanks a lot Drew glad to hear it. Have been a bit quiet lately so have a few things to report on - you have been warned.
by Andrew Ward
October 9th, 2016, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting the new vintage sherries: the Williams Colección Añadas
Replies: 0
Views: 97

Tasting the new vintage sherries: the Williams Colección Añadas

This is a fantastic project by Williams & Humbert featuring six añadas wines from the 2003, 2009 and 2012 vintages – finos and olorosos for 2009 and 2012 but for 2003 an oloroso and an amontillado. I was able to get my hands on one of a small number of cases through Coalla Gourmet and also managed t...
by Andrew Ward
October 9th, 2016, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sanlucar Champagne: The Wines of Alba Viticultores
Replies: 11
Views: 686

Sanlucar Champagne: The Wines of Alba Viticultores

Came across another bottle of Alba a couple of weeks ago - the Campeonisimo 2014. It is a still table wine from 100% palomino fino - from a vine in the highest part of Miraflores called Campeonisimo. What these palominos may lack in piercing acidity they make up for in punch - here is the TN if you ...
by Andrew Ward
August 28th, 2016, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Palo Cortados
Replies: 16
Views: 777

Palo Cortados

Was inspired to update the thread with some more recent palo cortados. Specifically, was inspired by the Palo Cortado de la Cruz de 1767 - https://undertheflor.com/2016/08/26/palo-cortado-de-la-cruz-de-1767/ Which strikes me as a little unusual in a lot of ways. One of the wines on the market which ...
by Andrew Ward
August 28th, 2016, 3:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vega Sicilia Unico Question
Replies: 16
Views: 1230

Vega Sicilia Unico Question

In answer to the first question, I have never had one I didn't like either. I was particularly surprised by an excellent bottle of the 2002 that we had in Tokyo of all places - a colleague threw caution to the wind in a rooftop restaurant but it was captivating at only 12 years old. Another "surpris...
by Andrew Ward
August 22nd, 2016, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Manzanilla en rama Solear - birds of a feather (and a mouse)
Replies: 15
Views: 722

Manzanilla en rama Solear - birds of a feather (and a mouse)

Just a postscript/update on this - the Summer 2016 is now out and is absolutely brilliant - highly recommended.

TN here: https://undertheflor.com/2016/08/21/man ... mmer-2016/
Also updated the "group" post: https://undertheflor.com/2016/04/12/sol ... the-flock/
by Andrew Ward
August 22nd, 2016, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sanlucar Champagne: The Wines of Alba Viticultores
Replies: 11
Views: 686

Sanlucar Champagne: The Wines of Alba Viticultores

Just a post script/health warning - had another bottle of the Brut Nature in the summer and it had not survived the flight/journey/time in bottle and was gone. Just need to bear in mind that they are natural artisan wines and seem to be way better when consumed immediately!
by Andrew Ward
August 12th, 2016, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vintage sherries: time for a rant
Replies: 54
Views: 2518

Vintage sherries: time for a rant

John, my understanding is that De la Riva the bodega was, like the vast majority, founded in the late 19th Century (in fact, the solera system wasn't common until then). It may be that the solera really is that old but if it is then De la Riva acquired it from someone else. However, I know people wh...
by Andrew Ward
August 12th, 2016, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vintage sherries: time for a rant
Replies: 54
Views: 2518

Vintage sherries: time for a rant

All I know is that I wish I had some direct experience! One of the legendary names of Jerez wines and much missed bodegas. Very famous macharnudo alto wines that I occasionally glimpse on the twitter streams of the top guys here in Spain. If you have some let me know when you taste them.
by Andrew Ward
August 11th, 2016, 3:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blancos de albariza
Replies: 2
Views: 222

Blancos de albariza

Another new update on this subject - the release of the Socaire 2014, an unfortified palomino that has not been aged under flor but was fermented and aged for two years in botas that had formerly held Fino Arroyuelo, absorbing as a result a lot of those flavours. I did a tasting note here: https://u...
by Andrew Ward
August 11th, 2016, 2:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wine of a lifetime: Fino la Barajuela 2013
Replies: 2
Views: 729

The wine of a lifetime: Fino la Barajuela 2013

Was down in the Jerez earlier this month and had an opportunity to visit Bodegas Luis Perez. Had a cracking trip to the vineyards and bodega and, more importantly, a tasting of the wines at different stages of development - wines made from grapes harvested in different passes and with different amou...
by Andrew Ward
July 17th, 2016, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wine of a lifetime: Fino la Barajuela 2013
Replies: 2
Views: 729

The wine of a lifetime: Fino la Barajuela 2013

I mentioned above that this wine was up there with the best burgundies and well, had one open (a 2004 Chassagne Montrachet) so thought I would give them a run out side by side. Fish of a different kidney of course and the Chassagne was wonderfully expressive, but no doubting the class of the Fino ev...
by Andrew Ward
July 17th, 2016, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jerez and Sanlucar masterclasses by Ramiro Ibañez
Replies: 1
Views: 130

Jerez and Sanlucar masterclasses by Ramiro Ibañez

I meant of course the second night to follow and here it is:
https://undertheflor.com/2016/07/17/ram ... pia-day-2/

Great contrast with the first night and five more intriguing wines.
by Andrew Ward
July 16th, 2016, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jerez and Sanlucar masterclasses by Ramiro Ibañez
Replies: 1
Views: 130

Jerez and Sanlucar masterclasses by Ramiro Ibañez

My most sincere congratulations to Surtopia and Ramiro Ibañez for a great initiative this week where over the course of two days they put on a masterclass of traditional Andalucian cuisine and wines. The first day was Jerez and oxidative wines with fatty tuna. The second day was Sanlucar, biological...
by Andrew Ward
June 26th, 2016, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blancos de albariza
Replies: 2
Views: 222

Blancos de albariza

A fair number of updates here as there are more and more of these unfortified wines available - and some of them are really cracking. First we had a memorable lunch with a range of unfortified wines by Alba that were really top class - a brilliant day https://undertheflor.com/2016/05/21/albas-spring...
by Andrew Ward
June 25th, 2016, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wine of a lifetime: Fino la Barajuela 2013
Replies: 2
Views: 729

The wine of a lifetime: Fino la Barajuela 2013

If any of you guys have followed by blog and posts on undertheflor.com at all you will realize that I enjoy my wine, in particular the wines of Jerez and Sanlucar, and that in the context of Jerez and Sanlucar I really believe they need to give more importance to terroir (the pagos and vineyards) an...
by Andrew Ward
June 12th, 2016, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bravo to Vinous
Replies: 11
Views: 1863

Bravo to Vinous

I have only recently signed up to Vinous but I broadly agree with the positive view here - regular and interesting contet. I appreciate that the mega verticals aren't much practical use but the whole process of bottle conditioning and the issue of variations in vintages is fascinating to me. My only...
by Andrew Ward
June 12th, 2016, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sanlucar Champagne: The Wines of Alba Viticultores
Replies: 11
Views: 686

Sanlucar Champagne: The Wines of Alba Viticultores

If you read the original piece you will know we intended to drink 8 wines but only managed 7 - here is the one that got away bhttps://undertheflor.com/2016/06/05/ancestral-alegrias-del-carrascal-2015/
by Andrew Ward
June 6th, 2016, 6:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should Jerez ditch the "Sherry" brand?
Replies: 18
Views: 755

Should Jerez ditch the "Sherry" brand?

Guys, wanted to give you a heads up that you have convinved me and I will write a revised piece accordingly. Want to make sure I give credit where it is due so let me know if you do not want me to reference you (I was thinking just names and a link to the thread). Cheers
by Andrew Ward
June 5th, 2016, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vintage sherries: time for a rant
Replies: 54
Views: 2518

Vintage sherries: time for a rant

In case of interest, wanted to share a post linking to my latest post for sherry.wine on this topic. https://undertheflor.com/2016/06/05/vin ... nd-future/

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