Cruz Vieja by Bodegas Faustino Gonzalez. Fabulous spicy Oloroso, aged for an average of 10 years in contact with the air. It traces its origins back to a solera founded in 1900. Bottled ‘En Rama’, with no filtration, treatment or clarification before bottling. As a result it retains loads of additional complexity and flavour characteristics.
Nose full of walnuts, polished wood and a little toffee. On the palate, these are joined with lots of spices from black pepper to vanilla.
Awarded 91 points by Wine Advocate (Parker Points).
Only 1000 bottles released per year. Most are sold in Spain, very few escape!
Please note that the traditional unfiltered nature of this sherry means that it may be a little hazy and will have some sediment. This is the small price we pay for the retention of all that additional complexity and flavour.