jamie goode's wine blog: The transformative power of old Sherry

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The transformative power of old Sherry

As I write, I'm drinking the last half-glass of the bottle of Hidalgo Oloroso Viejo VORS, which I've been enjoying over the last year. It's an expensive wine, but one that can give a huge amount of pleasure; a glass here and a glass there, with no noticeable deterioration in quality.

I was prompted to drink it by finishing off an article on Sherry that contains notes from an amazing tasting of VOS, VORS and Anada Sherries. These are some of the most complex and thought-provoking wines you can find, with amazing complexity and length. They're old, but there isn't the same risk with these wines as there is with old table wines.

I'd try to describe the wine in a tasting note, but there's just so much going on, it's really hard. The nose is lifted (a little volatile) with herbs, spices, citrus fruits, raisins, old furniture and wax. The palate is concentrated and lively, with a tangy, citrussy freshness, a hint of pithy bitterness, some warm, rounded spiciness and vanilla and fudge sweetness, although it is actually quite dry. But this note doesn't even come close to capturing the wine!

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At 9:31 AM, Anonymous ryan said...

Yep, sherry is pretty darn amazing! It can be the most complex thought provoking wine at one moment, and the next it's a fun classy sipper which helps lube the conversation. We should get you to Jerez to do some barrel tasting, that's when you mind explodes! :)

At 10:31 AM, Anonymous Paula Sindberg said...

Absolutely love older sherries. They are indeed transformative.

At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great to see such detailed notes. Does the 100 point scale only go up to 95 for sherry though? I wonder what a sherry would have to do to get over 05!

At 2:36 PM, Blogger Tim said...

Great article. I'm always bugging my friends to try sherry (or more accurately, buying it myself and serving it to them), and they are usually pleasantly surprised by it.

At 8:54 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Ryan, quite agree, wuld be great to visit (I haven't been!)

Paula, yes.

Anon, I get nervous going over 95 - have to leave room for some of the mind-exploding examples I haven't tasted.

Tim, I'd love to serve more sherry


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