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Discover the greatness and complexity of generous wines in our exclusive collection of quality wines. Generous wines are true oenological jewels that captivate with their elegance, intensity, and longevity. In our category of fortified wines, you will find a wide variety of options, from the renowned wines of Jerez to the iconic wines of Montilla-Moriles and fortified wines from other wine regions.
How are fortified wines made?
Generous wines are made through a special process that involves several stages. It begins with the harvest of high-quality grapes, followed by alcoholic fermentation where the sugars in the must are converted into alcohol. Then, fortification is carried out, adding alcohol (usually in the form of brandy) to the wine to stop fermentation and increase its alcohol content. After fortification, fortified wines can be subjected to different aging methods, such as aging under a flor veil (in the case of Jerez), oxidative aging (as in Olorosos) or through specific controlled heat processes (such as in the case of Madeira). These techniques contribute to the complexity and unique flavors of fortified wines, which are characterized by their high quality and wide range of styles.
What flavors does generous wine have?
Generous wine presents a wide range of flavors, depending on the specific style. In general, fortified wines tend to have intense and complex flavor profiles. They can present notes of dried fruits such as walnuts and almonds, spices such as cinnamon and cloves, as well as flavors of caramel, toffee, and honey. Some styles may display hints of ripe fruit such as raisins, figs, or plums.
In addition, aging under a flor veil or controlled oxidation provide distinctive characteristics such as saline notes, yeast, and wood nuances. These flavors combine to create fortified wines with exceptional richness and depth, offering a unique and satisfying sensory experience for wine lovers.
What do we accompany generous wines with?
Generous wines are an excellent option to pair with a variety of foods and dishes. Their complexity and unique flavors mean they can be enjoyed in different situations. Some pairing suggestions include cured cheeses, such as Manchego or Roquefort, which complement very well the intense and saline flavors of the fortified wines. They are also an excellent option to accompany shellfish and fish, whether in grilled preparations, in creamy sauces or even in ceviches. In addition, sweet, fortified wines, such as Pedro Ximénez or Sauternes, are excellent companions for desserts, especially those based on chocolate or nuts. However, the versatility of generous wines allows you to explore and discover new pairings according to your preferences and culinary tastes.
What types of generous wine exist?
In the world of generous wine, there are several types:
Amontillado is a fortified wine from Jerez that is characterized by its aging under a flor veil and subsequent oxidative aging. It begins its aging as a Fino or a Manzanilla, but then the flower layer is removed so that it encounters the air and oxidizes. The result is a wine with a golden amber color and more intense flavors, which combines the characteristics of a fine wine and an oloroso. It usually has notes of nuts, caramel, spices, and wood.
Palo Cortado is a generous style of wine that is characterized by its initial aging under a flor veil, but which spontaneously loses this protective layer and continues its aging in an oxidative manner. It is a rare and highly appreciated wine, as it combines the elegance and complexity of an Amontillado with the richness and body of an Oloroso. It has intense aromas, flavors of nuts, citrus and spices, and a silky texture.
Moriles wine is a generous wine produced in the Montilla-Moriles region, in Spain, mainly from the Pedro Ximénez grape variety. It is made using the oxidative aging process and can have different styles, from dry to sweet. Sweet Moriles wines are recognized for their intensity and richness, with flavors of raisins, figs, nuts, and caramel.
Rancid wine is a special style of fortified wine characterized by prolonged oxidative aging. During this process, the wine is exposed to air and oxidized in a controlled manner, developing unique flavors and aromas, often with hints of dried fruit, wood, and caramel. Rancid wine can be both sweet and dry and is produced in several wine-growing regions, such as the south of France and Catalonia.
El Oloroso is a fortified wine from Jerez that undergoes oxidative aging without the presence of a veil of flor. It is darker and fuller-bodied than other fortified wines, with intense flavors of nuts, spices, wood, and dried fruit. It is a dry wine and usually has a higher alcohol content than other styles.
Chamomile is a fortified wine produced in the Sanlúcar de Barrameda region, within the framework of Jerez. It is characterized by its aging under flor veil in cellars near the Atlantic Ocean. La Manzanilla has a lighter and fresher profile compared to other generosos, with notes of green apple, almonds, and saltiness.
El Fino is another generous wine from Jerez that is aged under a flor veil during its aging. It is a dry and pale wine, with a light and delicate character. It presents flavors of almonds, yeast, and saline notes.
These are just a few examples of generous wines, each with its own character and production process. Each style offers unique sensory experiences and are ideal to enjoy as an aperitif or to pair with a variety of dishes. Health!