Barbadillo Oloroso Seco “Cuco”
Why We Love It
- This bone dry example of Oloroso is aged in a number of separate bodegas owned by Barbadillo.
- Grapes are grown on 30-year old vines in the pagos Gibalbin and Santa Lucia in the Jerez Superior area.
Varietal Composition: 100% Palomino Fina
Elaboration: The product of the complete fermentation of palomino grape must, Olorosos are “vocational” wines whose special structures, apparent from the very beginning, indicate to the tasters that their destiny is that of oxidative aging. An initial fortification to 17% by volume prevents the development of the film of flor, and thus the wine slowly ages in constant contact with oxygen as it descends through the traditional criaderas and solera system. The gradual loss of water through the wooden walls of the cask facilitates a process of concentration which enables the wine to gain in structure, smoothness and complexity.
Tasting Notes: Very fragrant and intense, with lots of polished wood and dried fruits. Aromas of almonds, walnuts, and orange peel. In the mouth there caramel, raisins and a smaller hint of cherries and other mature fruits. Some spicy notes from the wood, as well as, traces of salinity.
NV – 90 Wine Spectator
Founded in 1821, Barbadillo is without question Sanlucar de Barrameda’s most iconic producer of Sherry. The thing we appreciate most about Barbadillo is that they’ve remained staunchly committed to tradition in the face of continued growth – Base wines are all still fermented in house through the company’s network of sixteen historic bodegas and the variety and depth of their soleras is breathtaking. With the Sherry category seeing more excitement than ever before in history, Barbadillo is delivering big time, with a panoply of single vineyard and heirloom releases. From their groundbreaking ‘Solear’ Manzanilla to their almost impossible to procure ‘Reliquia’ series and everything in between, tasting through the Barbadillo lineup is an inspirational and energizing experience.