Published on December 17th, 2018 | by Ruben0
Amontillado Micaela (Barón)
Bodegas Barón has a range of four Amontillados: this Amontillado Micaela is the youngest (around 4-5 years of age) together with the Pino Viejo (same age). There’s also an older Amontillado Xixarito (15 years) and Amontillado Soluqua (30+ years).
As an Amontillado it ages under flor during the first few years. After that it is fortified again, eliminating the flor and provoking a period of oxidative ageing. It should be great with jamón ibérico, grilled asparagus or anything with mushrooms.
Amontillado Micaela (17,5%, Bodegas Barón)
Nose: nutty notes (hazelnuts, praline, salted peanuts) as well as some warm wood (including a hint of vanilla) but also a saline, coastal note. Toasted almonds, minerals, a hint of cocoa. Just a light meaty element as well. There’s a nice tension between the round side and the coastal Sanlúcar character.
Mouth: crisp onset, with a silky / glyceric texture and a hint of caramel. Lacks a bit of punch in the middle but gains strength after a while, showing a light peppery touch, plenty of nuts (almonds, walnuts) and some coastal notes. Burnt sugar. Rather long aftertaste on wood, dried apricots and hints of turrón.
Availability: around € 8.
Summary: Quite a warm, rounded and quite fruit-driven Amontillado which still has traces of its coastal birthplace Sanlúcar. A really good, accessible example of a young Amontillado, with great value for money.