Domecq Sibarita VORS Oloroso Sherry

SKU #1001065

The Domeq Palo Cortado Sibarita VORS comes from a solera established in 1830. The youngest wine is at least 30 years old, the average age is greater than 60 years and the oldest stuff is well over 100 years old! This is one of those rare Oloroso's that has the fineness of an Amontillado- I question why the do not call it a Palo Cortado. It has been blended with 2% Pedro Ximmenez (a dried grape sweetening wine), which has left it with an almost imperceptible 2% residual sugar. It has ultimate power, precision and chess master plan complexity. The tang of ancient dry Oloroso stocks is paired up with the roundness of the Pedro Ximmenez to make rich, dry finishing sherry that is not austere. This is my favorite of the three VORS from Domecq. -Gary Westby

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2009 | Send Email
The first sale of this Sherry, scarcely off the truck, was for my own personal stash. Impatient, I opened my first bottle that very night, and I have been rationing it ever since. I have paired it with Stilton (good), Point Reyes Blue (very good), Apple Pan Dowdy (OK), Chocolate Biscotti (surprisingly good), and a stinky Reblochon (extraordinary). It makes me extremely happy to have this almost completely dry, pungent, concentrated and long-finishing Sherry around, and I will be sad to see it go to the recycling bin. After dinner, when I take my cheese and have a little nip, I can't help but think about how the youngest element in the blend is just about the same age as me, while parts of the blend go back into the 1800s, before the World Wars, before computers... What a small price to pay for such layered flavor and accumulated history!

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