With over 20 producers and 100s of sherries to sample, Sherryfest was quite the event at Astor Center. The highlight of my day was the Bodegas 501 Gades Amontillado Viejisimo 30 Anos VORS. This Amontillado was nutty and rich, but with some remaining salinity and freshness. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to taste it, because it was the end of the solera.
Both Hidalgos: Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana and Bodegas Emilio Hidalgo were there. Unfortunately, I was too late and missed the El Tresillo Amontillado from Emilio, but I loved the Villapanés Oloroso. La Gitana had a really nice selection of Finos, especially their Anniversario Manzanilla en Rama.
Tradicion is a relatively new house, founded in 1998, but they have placed a focus on old vines, and their wines have a lovely richness and maturity.
And the dark horse of the day was the Aranda cream sherry from Alvaro Domecq Bodega. I’m not usually a fan of cream sherries, but this was light and tasty, with a slight savoriness.
I wasn’t able to taste everything, but I was very excited to see so many quality producers, as well as such a great crowd of tasters. It seems like sherry is making a comeback.