Micaela Amontillado is a dry version, with noticeably more character than the ubiquitous medium-sweet commercial offerings.
Amontillado is created from the more robust Fino wines, further fortified and allowed to undergo oxidative ageing – Micaela for 4-5 years. Serve at 12°C -14°C.
Micaela is the new design for the entry level range from Bodegas Barón. With a distinct and deliberate move away from a traditional image, Barón are expressing themselves with ultra-modern stylings.
The design represents a piece of woven cloth: the petals are those of the Passion flower – to symbolise the passion they have for their wines and the passion customers have for them.
A rich golden colour with a nose bursting with chocolate, caramel, almonds and wood. The palate is silky and almonds resurface with a touch of spice in the flavour profile.
About the Producer
Bodegas Barón can trace its origins back to 1631 and thus be considered the oldest of sherry bodegas.
In its present structure it was founded by Manuel Barón Fernández in 1895 who acquired some old soleras from Anselmo Paz, an almacenista in Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Manuel Barón’s wife, though, had a much older family history in sherry.
Today, ten generations later, the company is owned by Jose Rodriguez Jiménez and his sons Juan Luis and Jose. It has been in their hands since 1984 and the young brothers are a dynamic force, who in 2014 oversaw the makeover of the entire range with new styles and importantly new labels. It is both one of the oldest and one of the most progressive quality producers – and new to the UK market.
It consists of two bodegas: Molinillos, the oldest in Sanlúcar, whose central naves date back to 1631 and where the 150 year old soleras of Anselmo Paz are guarded. The larger, more modern, El Hato is used for storage and holds 10,000 butts. They own three vineyards (around 140ha), all on albariza soil: Finca Atalaya (previously owned by Osborne), Finca Martín Miguel and Finca Poedo; of which 50ha are in Sanlúcar de Barrameda for the production of Manzanilla.
Barón has rebranded its production into three contemporary brands – Micaela, Xixarito and Soluqua – all with modern, eye-catching labels.