Notes from Sherry Notes:
"César Florido is the oldest bodega in Chipiona and one of the oldest in the sherry region, going back to the 18th century. The bodega lies in the city centre, at merely 100 metres from the Atlantic Ocean (with a second winery further down). Currently managed by the fifth generation, they own 21 ha of vineyards, and stick to artisan production methods.
They’re mostly known for their Moscatel wines, but they also produce a series of Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso and Cream in the Cruz del Mar range. The Amontillado we’re trying today is around 8 years of age. The grapes for this wine (100% Palomino) come from old vines in the pago Miraflores and Balbaína.
César Florido is located outside of the sherry triangle, in one of the municipalities that are currently part of the Zona de Producción. However under the upcoming new regulations for the D.O. they will be able to use the name sherry on the label. This will probably take a couple of months to be rectified, hopefully later this year.
Dry, with a fairly high acidity (a mix of grape and lemon juice) and quite some salinity. Still close to the grapes, so there’s still this rounded note that makes it less tangy than others. There’s a big warming side of wood, some raisins and some caramelized toffee hints, steering firmly towards the oxidative side. Too bad it lacks body in the middle and complexity overall. The finish is nice and rounded though, with a lingering salinity."