Gonzalez Byass "Viña AB" Amontillado
This is a wonderful, lighter style of dry amontillado, a wine which begins its life as a fino (underneath a veil of flor) and then ages briefly oxidatively. You could call this lighter, brisker style of amontillado a "fino amontillado," given the especially tangy, fresh, fino character. Basically, this is Tio Pepe with some more aging in barrel. Fresh, salty, and stone fruit aromatics have just the barest hint of wood influence, and lead to a wonderfully tangy palate of citrus (tangy dried orange in particular) and almonds. A classic, and a terrific accompaniment to a variety of cured cheeses, charcuterie (Spanish choices such as chorizo and Ibérico ham are obvious picks) and other tapas. One very specific and typical pairing would involve dishes using mojama, the delicious, salt-cured tuna belly that is cherished in Andalusian cuisine.