Alexander Jules Amontillado 6/26
May 2013 bottling, 1,300 bottles produced, 500ml, US only
Our Amontillado is from 6 of the 26 barrel "Amontillado Fino" solera at Bodegas Argüeso, Sanlúcar de Barrameda.
Complex, subtle and delicate. Dried orange, baking spices, toffee and fresh butter, some briny and floral character from its upbringing as a Manzanilla. This wine takes its time unfolding over the palate; it's very long and changes quite a bit from start to finish, lasting close to a minute.
10 years average age, 5 spent being aged as a Manzanilla and 5 aging oxidatively. As it is a relatively young Amontillado, the bodega refers to it as its "Amontillado Fino". This designation
was more common in times past for such a wine. As a younger Amontillado, evidence it's biological aging remain clear.
Being a smaller solera, the selection of this wine was different from the others. For those, I selected wines based (speaking generally) on profile and complexity relative to the other barrels in the solera. With the smaller Amontillado solera, and with oxidativly aged wines varying less barrel-to-barrel than biologically aged wines, I was able to select, moment to moment, the experience of the wine's flavor delivery. Some barrels had an amazing attack, others a unique herbal note in the middle or a fuller midpalette, a longer finish, etc. So the selection was more a construction of how the wine was to unfold, rather than a vetting for profile and complexity.
It pairs well with Chinese food, chicken, veal, lighter pork dishes, risottos, and, of course, cured hams.
Alcohol Content: 17.5%
Total Acidity: 5 g/L
Volatile Acidity: Under .8
Grape Variety: Palomino Fino
Filtration: 1 micron
Amontillado Fino solera on the bottom right