SANDEMAN ROYAL CORREGIDOR OLOROSO ($25)


Unlike fino, oloroso does not develop a covering of flor yeast. This allows the wine to come into full con- tact with air during the aging process. The resulting deep, tawny color and full-bodied flavor make good oloroso one of the world’s great vinous pleasures. These wines are the perfect accompaniment to aged cheeses, nuts, and dried-fruit desserts.

Founded by an enterprising young Scotsman in the late 18th century, Sandeman is involved today in both the sherry and the port business. Their superb Royal Corregidor comes from an oloroso solera that has been in continuous operation since 1894. (It’s intriguing to think that a trace of the olorosos that Victoria herself drank may still linger somewhere in the solera.) At an average age of 15 years, the wine destined to become Royal Corregidor is fortified with a dose of sweet sherry made from the Pedro Ximénez grape, and then aged for two more years. It has a deep robe of mahogany, with complex, nutlike flavors and a soft, velvety finish.

BUYER’S GUIDE


LUSTAU SOLERA RESERVA PUERTO FINO ($14)
Refined and Stylish
Serve chilled with tapas or ham

DOMECQ AMONTILLADO ($15)
Creamy and Lush
Perfect with soups or terrines

SANDEMAN ROYAL CORREGIDOR OLOROSO ($25)
Complex and Velvity
Great with cheeses and nuts