The gold-highlighted mahogany colour and the complexity of the aromas – wine esters with distinctive balsamic notes – remind us of the brandy’s lengthy presence in wood. The palate is medium-dry, smooth and full, with burnt undertones and hints of vanilla, followed by a long, pleasing finish.
Wine Enthusiast 96 points - The sumptuous bouquet smells of old leather, old books, toasted marshmallow, pipe tobacco, prune Danish, dried fruit, salted butter and caramel cream. Entry is hugely luscious, succulent, ripe and sweet; the midpalate is concentrated, ripe, fruity, sherry-like and caramelized. Concludes balanced yet sweetly honeyed. A fat, glossy masterpiece.
— P.P. (8/1/2008) — 96-100 (Aug 2008)
Aged under the Solera System for over 12 years in Sherry infused American oak casks.
Sherry, Spain in the Brandy de Jerez Solera Grand Reserva appelation. Brandy de Jerez is one of only three regions in the world to be given specific appellation for brandy.
|Wine maker notes
|Distillation in stills at 65º C to obtain the excellent holandas. The extraordinary characteristics of this brandy are the result of a painstaking selection of the materials it is made with. It begins with the selection of excellent Palomino and Airen white wines; early distillation and the methods employed are decisive to the final quality of the holandas, which are aged in casks of American oak that have previously been aged with oloroso sherry. Then they enter the traditional system of Criaderas y Soleras in the 10th criadera, progressively going down until they reach the solera cask. The amount of brandy taken out is carefully controlled in order to ensure that the brandy maintains the same age at all times.
|Best served at room temperature. Serve in a brandy snifter neat or on ice. Makes for an excellent end to a meal with dessert, cheeses, or as a cordial.