GONZALEZ BYASS TIO PEPE FINO EN RAMA SHERRY bottling: 2022 375ml bottling
Nose: almonds and subtle spices come out first, followed by lemon peels and lemon juice. It is fresh but also quite round again, although the intensity increases over time (especially if you leave the bottle in the fridge for one or two days). Then it shows chalky notes, classic albariza minerals, plus plenty of hay and dried wildflowers.
Mouth: very forthcoming, with a pronounced acidity and roundness. There are apple peelings and generous amounts of citrus notes, followed by dried herbs and coastal salinity. While the flor influence is obvious, I have the impression the profile became rounder in the past few years, making the wine rather accessible. Then more almonds, hay and subtle chamomile in the end, leading to a dry, lemony finish with a subtle bitter edge.