Aging Potential: Drink now through 2025
Serving Temperature: 12 ~ 13 ºC
Alcohol Level: 21.0%
The NV Reliquia Amontillado is an extremely old wine, concentrated from its sheer old age. It wears a mahogany robe with a green rim. The nose is pungent, marine, with woods, hazelnuts and a touch of volatility. The palate is quite brutal, verging on the edge of being too much, but without crossing the line. It’s an extreme meditation wine, presented in a glass decanter, and sold in extremely limited quantities. A bottle would last for months (or years), as it should be sipped in very small quantities instead of a Brandy, Cognac or Armagnac. Exceptional. Drink between 2013-2025.
Barbadillo is one of the most venerable of all sherry producers, certainly the most famous Bodega from the town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda and was founded in 1821 and now farm an impressive 500 hectares, all located in two estates, Gibalbin and Santa Lucia, both of which fall into the Upper Jerez sub-region. They make sherries in all styles, with Manzanilla their flag-ship and the vast majority of the wines undergoing the alchemical process of fractional blending in the Solera system, a process of subtle and gradual ageing and regeneration which underwrites the structural complexity of all the styles. The products of the Soleras are by definition non-vintage, their wines defying chronology through a gradual process of rejuvenation as the youngest butts ( known as criaderas) refresh the older ones (añadas, in a process known rather poetically as ‘running the scales’ ) all the way down to the oldest tier ( known as the solera itself ), which is the source of the final and regular bottlings.
|Serving Temperature||12 ~ 13 ºC|
|Wine Closure||Natural Cork|
|Bottle Size||70 cl|
|Robert Parker||98 Points|
|Wine Spectator||92 Points|