Tasting note of a fino sherry

What is fino sherry? Fino is a fortified white wine made of palomino grapes. It is biologically aged, under a layer of flor.

This is a generic tasting note for a fino sherry. Obviously, there are as many exceptions as there are finos out there, but I felt like I needed a starting point. Please check Sherrynotes.com for more info.

Appereance

The wine is clear and has a pale lemon colour.

Nose

The nose is clean with pronounced intensity, showing aromas of bread, walnuts, cashews, ripe apple, bruised apple, cheese, salty, orange peel, medicine.

Notes

  • Sherry usually has a pronounced intensity.

Palate

The wine is dry and has a light body with low alcohol. The wine has a medium acidity and medium+ flavour intensity with flavours of grapefruit, bread, walnuts, cashews, ripe apple, bruised apple, cheese, salty, orange peel, medicine.

The finish is medium+.
The wine should be drunk now and is not suitable for further ageing.

Notes

  • Sweetness: Port is defined as sweet, whereas Rutherglen Muscats, PX sherries and some TBAs are defined as luscious.
  • Most sherries have a medium acidity
  • Low alcohol (below 17%): sherry fino and manzanilla
  • Medium alcohol (between 17% and 19%): amontillado
  • High alcohol (above 19%): port, madeira (amontillado)

Conclusion

This is a very good quality wine, as it shows complexity in flavours (dried fruit, nutty and oak aromas) and length. It lacks concentration to be outstanding.

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