Marc and MJ's - great food and nice wines (Bellingham, WA): Volatile nut skins and dried rinds on the nose. Fascinating and complex tones of nut, dried herb, and white fruits. Another nice change of pace to add interest to the lineup. Paired well with the appetizers and cheese - thanks Marc and MJ!
Quite beautiful. Explosive aromatics suggesting pear, apples, and briny "floresque" saltiness. The aromatics also come through on the palette. Plenty of refreshing apple and sea essence. Finishes with a lengthy walnut component. Paired with serrano, almonds, and cheese -- not a mistake.
I have been hearing some buzz around about sherry, and unfortunately until recently only had supermarket cooking examples. Got half bottle with tapas, and this literally blew my mind. How can such a clear and crisp liquid have such savory notes while bringing an unparalleled finesse. Additionally it seemed to pair well with meat, foie gras, nuts and even dessert!
Some went into the preparation of a chickpea, potato, and tomato stew; the rest consumed alongside and while cooking. This is fantastic entry fino. Properly nutty and simple nose, the body shows a good deal of fruit (peaches, pears) in additional to the classic saline character. It doesn't develop much in glass and doesn't need to . . . the half bottle goes quickly and this fino punches above its price. Phenomenal value and very tasty. Killer food wine.
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