The Marques del Real Tesoro Oloroso Almirante is an excellent Oloroso. These are wines that have been aged without the use of flor yeasts and are thus continually in contact with the air, giving them a richer body and darker color. This Oloroso is strengthened to 18.50 percent alcohol volume after fermentation in stainless steel vats. It is aged in old American oak barrels for at least 15 years, using the traditional procedure of one solera and five criaderas.
Almirante is an Oloroso (P.D.O. Jerez) that has been aged in the traditional Jerez winemaking process. The word “oloroso” means “aromatic,” and the wine boasts scents of nuts and cinnamon, as well as being full-bodied, dry, and silky on the palate. Palomino Fino grapes are used to make this wine, and it is powerful, with overtones of old American oak casks.
The Marqués del Real Tesoro winery in Jerez de la Frontera produces this generous Oloroso Almirante. It began in 1897, when the grandson of the first marquis purchased his first soleras from the Count of Villacreces, who owned soleras dating back over 200 years. The winery was purchased by the José Estévez Group in 1982, making it part of one of the country’s most notable winemaking organizations.
It goes well with a variety of stews, roasts, and other meat meals, and makes a nice aperitif when served slightly chilled.
Store unopened bottles horizontally in a cool, dark place, ideally between 12 to 15C. Once opened, store the bottle upright in the refrigerator. Opened bottles can be stored from 4 to 6 weeks