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Wednesday
Jul172013

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: 

By: Joe Manekin | Spanish & Portuguese Wine Buyer

Greetings all,

Here it is, the email I've been waiting to send all year. We've waited, we've diligently peppered our suppliers' inboxes with special order requests, and now we finally get to enjoy the fruit of our labor with...EN RAMA-RAMA!

A Fino or Manzanilla bottled "en rama" is a minimally processed, freshly bottled Fino or Manzanilla, one that perfectly exhibits the traits we love in these wines: marked salinity, bracing citric qualities, "almendrado" or almondy flavors, and an unmatched complexity and intensity of flavor due to an extended, careful ageing under flor. If you've traveled to Jerez, Sanlucar, El Puerto, or even Sevilla or Cádiz, and want to relive your Sherry experience, there is no better style than Fino and Manzanilla en rama. And, if you simply want an introduction to the beauty of Sherry, I would also argue that there is nothing better than en rama bottlings.

I encourage you to try some or all of these, identify your favorites and buy what you want before they disappear until the next wave of en rama bottlings hit (which will likely not be until spring 2014).

2006 Alvear Fino en Rama (500ml) - $14.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1116560

Gonzalez Byass Tio Pepe Fino En Rama Jerez de la Frontera - $20.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1089840

Hidalgo La Gitana Manzanilla en Rama - $29.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1136254

Valdespino "Deliciosa" Manzanilla en Rama (375ml) - $14.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1133801

Finally, a brief note on when to drink these. Many people (including folks at some of these bodegas) encourage consumption within 4-6 months of the bottling date. Others, myself and Equipo Navazos included, respectfully disagree. I have found these wines can continue to develop complexity, soften and deepen in flavor with bottle age (2006 Alvear is a great example of this). It simply depends on the bottling and on your taste. Drink now for a delicious, citric driven salt bomb and/or stash a few away for what may turn into an equally stunning, very different expression.

Saludos,

Joe

 

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Joe Manekin

Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer

K&L Wine Merchants

Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748

joemanekin@klwines.com

 

Monday
Aug132012

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: Let's Talk Sherry

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Spanish and Portuguese Wine Buyer

Let's talk sherry. We just received in the "en rama" (literally this means straight out of the barrel) version of Gonzalez Byass Tio Pepe Fino.  While this was not bottled literally straight out of the barrel, it was bottled with the barest minimum of filtration very recently, in May.  What this means is that the color is not a pale straw, but rather a more golden hue; the salty, yeasty tang of the sherry is all the more visceral; and finally, the sensation that one is tasting at the source (for fino and manzanilla sherry, this is a good thing!) all the more apparent.  In short, if you want as real and authentic a substitute for visiting a bodega in Jerez or Sanlucar, en rama bottlings are the way to go. 

In addition to this spectacular new en rama fino, I'd also like to remind you about our en rama manzanilla from Equipo Navazos, bottled in April.  While it's not quite last call on this, we have gone through more than half of our original purchase.  So if you like what you've tasted, it may be time to consider your needs and buy accordingly; this won't be around much longer.

Last and by no means least, we have a very pretty bottling of fino from Cesar Florido, the only bodega I know bottling and selling sherry in the seaside town of Chipiona (just south of Sanlucar).  While I have not measured out the steps, Cesar's bodega might well be the closest to the Atlantic of any I've been to.  As a result, there is a delicacy to this young (3 years old) fino solera which makes the resulting wine quite delicious.  While it doesn't have the sheer richness of an El Maestro Sierra or the all out flavor intensity of our en rama bottlings, it is very fun to drink, and a unique reflection of the flor specific to this area.

Tio Pepe (Gonzalez Byass) Fino en Rama - $21.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1109455

 

Equipo Navazos Manzanilla "I Think" Saca de Abril 2012 (375ml) - $14.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1089369

 

Cesar Florido Fino (375ml) - $12.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1108977

 

Un saludo,

Joe

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Joe Manekin

Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer

K&L Wine Merchants

Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748

joemanekin@klwines.com