Saturday, January 23, 2010

*** $ Morenita Cream Sherry, Vino de Artesania, Hidalgo, Spain, NV - Wine Review and Rating

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Original Review:

By way of background: The Morenita Cream Sherry, Vino de Artesania, from Hidalgo, is a lightly sweet Spanish sherry, finished at 17% alcohol.   The term "cream sherry" typically designates a sweet sherry of blended grapes, in this case Palomino and Pedro Ximénez.  

In the glass: Morenita shows as light caramel in the glass, looking more like whiskey than wine.

On the nose: Poured very cool, without a decant and swirled vigorously, the sherry  offers tangy raisiny fruitcake to the nose.

On the palate: The first element on the palate is a mouth-filling, full, sweet and tangy caramel.  The caramel holds fast, lifted by the alcohol and very light acids through your palate.  Light salty overtone too.

And the finish: The alcohol and sugar brings the Morenita to a slow finish, staying clean the whole way.

In summary: Overall, a simple, solid, pleasant experience. Rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  At the bargain price level, this becomes a best value.

Wine Enthusiast awarded 90 points, saying, ""Smooth and sweet, like a cream Sherry is supposed to be. On the nose, this one easily shifts from ripe apricot and peach fruit to nuts and saline. The palate starts with a blast of coffee and mocha and then folds in brown sugar and spice. Sweet, long and generous, with accents of cinnamon, clove and mild chocolate. Uncomplicated."

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