Enjoying my prize
You might remember I was at Vinoble this year – I tweeted about it a wee bit. So much so that I won a prize, for social media reach during Vinoble, from the Consejo Regulador.
And what a prize! A DVD of El Misterio del Palo Cortado, now on almost constant loop in our living room (when Señor Criadera isn’t watching the motorbike racing!), a copy of the beautiful Big Book of Sherry Wines (a visual feast) and, and, and…. this!
De la Cruz 1767 is a limited bottling (6000) fifteen year average age Palo Cortado, made from sobretablas from the 2000 vintage. It was apparently destined to be Oloroso until tasting revealed some distinctly Palo inclinations.
The bodega is a retirement project for the former winemaker from Garvey, Luís Arroyo Felices, and from my first couple of tastes it’s clear he’s made a pretty special wine. Rich, shellacky and smooth, with a big mouthful of nuts including – unusually – peanuts alongside the more typical nut flavours. This is a classy, classy wine, and I’m sincerely hoping Señor Criadera hasn’t polished it off (pardon the pun) whilst I’ve been working away these past four days.
What a fab prize for doing something I love! So next time your other half tells you to put down the phone and get off Twitter, just ignore them – you might win a prize like this and then, all of a sudden, your Twitter obsession will be perfectly acceptable!!!