Must have been 10 years since previous drop from this brand. Remebered it as dead dry and with a pronounced nutty character.
Today's impression was from a newly opened half btl that didn't impress. More like a fruity and young natural wine with some small oomph. Ok length, fine intensity, ok typicity and with some length. But we accept only better Sherry :-)
Served by the glass, two why not?, at Jose Luis in Serrano, Madrid. Tangy, sharped, saline, refreshing...a perfect mate for ensaladilla, chopitos and cazón en adobo. With my sister at the terrace. A luxury in October? Hey, this is Madrid best season.
Servido por copas, dos porqué no?, en José Luis de la calle Serrano. Picantón, afilado, salino, refrescante...compañero perfecto para una ensaladilla, unos chopitos y un cazón en adobo. Con mi hermana cenando en la terraza. ¿Un lujo en otoño? No sí es que estás en Madrid...
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(NV Gonzalez-Byass Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Tío Pepe) The prototypical Fino. Pale as fine straw, with a classic medicinal nose of peanut shells and iodine. The dry, bitter entry is followed by bitter-almond and sour-orangepeel notes and a long, sour finish, emblematic of its type. It has a slight briny note, like a fine oyster, but almost chemical-industrial. The first Spanish Fino to be exported, Tío Pepe is a perfect introduction to dry Sherry and the most likely to be familiar to your patrons. Use as an entry-level, by-the-glass offering for tapas-style appetizers, cheeses, or seafood, particularly oysters. Sherry: History by the Glass
(NV Gonzalez Byass Tio Pepe Fino) Bottled in Jerez on August 13th, 2012 and opened in Scotland about four weeks later, which had a very correct pale lemon-straw hue in the glass. The nose is interesting, rich with the pungent and Sherry-defining scent of acetaldehyde, but along with this go notes of green apple and woody almonds, all wrapped up in a very bright and tangy character. The acetaldehyde is a flor-derived character of course, and not a product of oxidation, although the perceived aroma is naturally exactly the same. The bone-dry palate carries that same sweet-sour tang that the aromas suggested, the fruit remaining in the apple spectrum although with suggestions of preserved lemon peel and the splash of sea salt on the face. Extraordinarily long in the finish, the flavours just lingering on and on. Top quality here for those looking for a good fino, with the added bonus of amazing value and wide distribution. And with that bottling date now clearly stamped on the back label, you know exactly what you're getting when you hand over that very small bundle of notes. Alcohol 15%.
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