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Barbadillo Cuco 12yo Oloroso 375ml

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Barbadillo's first brand Pastora Divina' was launched in 1827 and was well received, setting the family on the path to success.

The family continued to acquire more Bodegas. Vitally, many of these occupied the first row' on the high town's ridge, at its apex, where the winds are not obstructed by other buildings. These superb locations and Barbadillo's winemaking skill meant that their reputation soared. Today's seventh winemaking generation own 12 Bodegas, housing 30,000 Sherry butts, many of which are fed with wines sourced from Palomino Fina grapes grown at the family's 500 hectare Gilbabin and San Luisa vineyards in the Jerez Superior.

These solid foundations have resulted in Barbadillo producing some of the world's most famous Sherry brands, including Muy Fina' and Solear'. The latter of which has received numerous awards, including selection as the "World's Best Manzanilla 2015" by Wine Spectator.

Barbadillo are also famous for old and rare Sherries. Thanks to almost two centuries of careful stock management by the family, they have a huge stock of old wines. Some of these have been in the family's care for over 150 years. The Sacrista' cellar is home to the oldest Criadeiras (a level of butts in the Solera), and the family's own private collection. These oenological treasures are released in tiny parcels as Reliquias', or artfully blended by winemaker Montse Molina into old "Cuco" and "VORS" wines. They have received some of the highest accolades in the wine world, regularly scoring points in the high 90s from Parker with the Palo Cortado Reliquia receiving 100 points.

In 2014 Barbadillo launched "Versos 1891", a game-changing wine that has set new levels of excellence in the Sherry industry. This super luxury Sherry is bottled from a single cask of old Amontillado laid down in 1891 at the christening of Don Manuel Barbadillo.

Grapes

Palomino,

Production

Cuco Oloroso is taken from some of Barbadillo’s older soleras. Aged for a minimum of 12 years this dry oloroso has an intense complexity of dried fruit & nuts on a smooth yet dry palate. The perfect wine to serve as an aperitif or to accompany a wide range of tapas.

Tasting Notes

Very fragrant and intense on the nose, with lots of polished wood and dried fruits. Almonds and walnuts. The varnished oak plays a nice role here, giving it depth and adding to the richness. Orange peel. Also hints of dates and figs, toffee and mocha, blood oranges, even with nuances of black cherries, nice.
Fairly gentle and slightly less wide in the mouth than the nose suggests, with a moderate hint of glycerol and implied sweetness. Caramel coated nuts, raisins and a similar hint of cherries and other mature fruits. Some spicy notes from the wood, as well as traces of salinity.

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