The 2021 bottling of Tio Pepe’s Fino ‘En Rama’ is pale gold in colour, with a pungent, fresh, ‘bready’ nose. On the palate it displays appealing notes of apples and toasted almonds. An elegant and beautifully precise fino from the legendary Antonio Flores, master blender for Gonzalez Byass.
In the past few years the 'en rama' idea has taken off, and now many sherry houses offer their own version. It's bottled every April when the layer of flor (yeast) in each cask is at its thickest, ensuring a full flavour and bags of character in the glass. As well as a deeper colour than most commercially available fino sherries, and sometimes with a very slightly cloudy appearance, the lack of filtration and excessive handling ensure that every ounce of flavour is captured in the bottle with superb intensity and depth of flavour on the palate.
This is still the finest ‘en rama’ fino that we have come across.
Treatments are minimised to allow all the lovely flavour of the wine - and even some yeast - into the bottle. This does mean that the wine is slightly less stable than 'normal' finos. We therefore recommend storing it below 12°C, serving it cool (about 10°C) and enjoying it within a year of bottling (i.e. by the end of March 2022).
Product Code: SH1452