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Types of Sherry

Amontillado
Amontillado

Sweetend Amontillado can still produced but they should be labeled Medium / Cream sherry, sometimes with an addition like “Blend of Amontillado”. Types of Amontillado sherry. Jerez Amontillado is sometimes used to designate the maturation in a bodega in Jerez de la Frontera.

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Fino
Fino

Fino is a dry, pale white sherry wine produced within the D.O. Jerez / Xéres / Sherry Some of the most renowned Finos include Tio Pepe (Gonzalez Byass), La Ina (Lustau) and Inocente (Valdespino) It is made from the Palomino grape and biologically aged, entirely under a layer of flor.

Manzanilla
Manzanilla

Manzanilla typically displays more coastal aromas than a Fino, like seaspray, salt or even iodine. In Spanish, manzanilla is chamomile, which is another aroma typically found in this type of sherry. Like Fino, Manzanilla is produced in a Solera system, but it typically has more scales than their Fino counterparts.

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Medium / Pale Cream / Cream
Medium / Pale Cream / Cream

Pale Cream / Medium / Cream Cream sherry is the general name for different kinds of sweetened sherries, usually produced by blending a dry wine like Amontillado or Oloroso with naturally sweet Pedro Ximénez or Moscatel wines.

Moscatel
Moscatel

Production of Moscatel grapes are nowadays very limited in the sherry region, nearly all Moscatel grapes are brought in from the nearby town of Chipiona. A Moscatel Pasas or Moscatel de Pasas is made from grapes that were dried in the sun for up to three weeks, a process called asoleo.

Oloroso
Oloroso

Oloroso ("scented" in Spanish) is a variety of fortified wine made in Jerez and Montilla-Moriles and produced by oxidative aging. It is normally darker than Amontillado. Oloroso is usually dark and nutty.

Palo Cortado
Palo Cortado

Palo Cortado is an intermediate type of sherry and probably the most ambiguous of them all. This is fueled by the vague description in the official rules of the Consejo Regulador: it should have the aromatic refinement of Amontillado combined with the structure and body of an Oloroso.

Pedro Ximénez
Pedro Ximénez

Pedro Ximénez (also known as PX and many other variations) is the name of a white Spanish wine grape variety grown in several Spanish wine regions but most notably in the Denominación de Origen (DO) of Montilla-Moriles. Here it is used to produce a varietal wine, an intensely sweet, dark, dessert sherry.

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