One of the best drinks to come our way was the Gonzalez Byass ‘Tio Pepe’ Fino En Rama Sherry. SWMBO and I don’t drink a lot of Sherry, but when we do, we love it. Sherry is the world’s forgotten great wine, and it’s a shame, because it offers so much diversity, interest, and pleasure, and truly is multi-faceted. So when Gordy and Pia brought out this bottle, it brought a smile to our faces; it was like giving a bunch of flowers (which they did do, as well).
Essentially the ‘En Rama’ is Fino Sherry at its freshest and most pungent, It’s bottled unfiltered and unclarified, and done so at the time when the flor is thickest. It is Sherry at its most raw state, and strangely most delicate according to the makers, and they say it’s like drinking it directly from the cask. For us, it was as they suggested the wine would be, but there was a density and good core to it. Not really delicate, but with substance. However, it retained stylishness, rather than elegance of finesse. The pungent flor had a strong say, and yes, really pure in its expression. At 15.0% it’s a fine style of Sherry, but this is special with its depth of flavour and classiness. This bottle from the eighth release, in 2017.