Alexander Jules Fino 22/85
May 2013 bottling, 1,100 bottles produced, 750ml, US & Japan only
Our Fino is selected from 22 of the 85 barrel Fino Celestino solera at Sanchez Romate Hnos, in Jerez de la Frontera. It is essentially bottled En Rama. This solera contains the oldest Fino produced at the bodega, 8 years old on average.
Aromas of baked custard, mature flor, and verjus, with subtle cinnamon. Pungent, aged Manchego, bright, savory and complex in the mouth. Dried fruits and flowers. It is round and concentrated with serious weight from its age.
As old as this wine is upon bottling, it is really the Fino equivalent to a Manzanilla Pasada (what would have been known as a Fino Amontillado in the past).
For the selection of this wine, I focused on the more pungent, tense barrels with more precise, intricate complexities, rather than broader ones.
This wine would pair wonderfully with cured hams and meats, Japanese cuisine (sashimi and sushi especially), shellfish, and even heartier fishes (swordfish, etc.). A simple bowl of almonds will work great too.
Wines aged strictly biologically change significantly over time once bottled. Recently bottled wines will show more vibrancy, though over a period of years will develop a deeper richness and complexity. We estimate this wine will age well from 5 to 10 years in bottle, though when it is at its best, we leave up to you to decide. Though contrary to historic practice with Sherry (to consume as quickly as possible after bottling), we encourage you to explore this wine at the various stages of its life.
Alcohol Content: 15%
Total Acidity: 4.43g/L
Volatile Acidity: .21
Grape Variety: Palomino Fino
Filtration: 1 micron