Osborne Oloroso Solera BC 200 (1864)<< Previous wine Next wine >>
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?This Oloroso is part of the personal stores of the Osborne family, until very recently not made commercially available. At least 40 years average age at bottling from 5 criaderas set in 1864. A mere 7 botas remain in these criaderas. Miniscule amounts are bottled, and fewer every year because of the shrinking solera that feeds it. This Oloroso benefits from the co-aging with a small percentage of PX, which rounds the edges of a well-aged wine.
RATING HISTORY:96 WA
GRAPE:88% Palomino, 12% Pedro Ximenez. Vines tended in albariza soil at 70 m (230 ft) elevation from the Balbaina pago.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:The rich, dark profile of aged dry oloroso makes it a perfect match for roasted game, as well as aged cheeses and roasted nuts.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:This wine comes from 2 criaderas, and only 3-500 bottles are filled each year. The solera was begun in 1922. RS = 50 g/L
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:Vines tended in albariza soil at 70 m (230 ft) elevation. With averages highs of 22C (72F) and lows of 13C (56F), there are nearly an impressive 3,000 hours of sunshine per year and the summers are glorious. Most of the 584mm (23 in) of annual rainfall occurs from September through December. All the vines are within the Pago Macharnudo territory, located towards the interior of Jerez. This area produces riper palomino grapes making them more suitable for producing Amontillado and Oloroso style wines.
TASTING NOTES:Dark mahogany in color. On the nose, dried fig, soy, black pepper, dried apple and orange, bay leaf and star anise. On the palate, round and rich, with a scintillating blend of savory and sweet flavors. Wood spices, molasses, fig, maple and honey carry through to a rich, spicy finish laden with candied fruit.
BOTTLE WEIGHT:1.2 lbs (.55 kg)
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