These rare Poniente sherries are named after the warm and dry westerly Poniente wind which blows through the Straits of Gibraltar. This fino comes from a system of four criaderas and one solera, with a median age of over 8 years. The wines used to refresh the fourth criadera comes from organically farmed estate vineyards in the Pago Añina, from a meticulous clonal selection of more than 200 ancient and mostly forgotten clones of Palomino. Saca 1/18: This is the very first saca of this wine, with only 225 (6pk) cases. The wine has rested two years in the winery before release, which is a restored historical estate tucked among the vines of El Aljibe, owned by the winemaker, Alberto Orte. With more age comes more complexity to this wine.
We were able to visit and taste out of barrel (really they are 200 year old tonnelles!) in 2018. This Fino also has a very distinct smoke, flinty, almost peppery/pimenton aspect to it. Serve chilled in a nice wide white wine glass to appreciate all the aromas and flavors. Would pair nicely with Sardinas a la parrilla, with grilled octopus, or with smoked duck charcuterie. Very limited!