Oloroso (meaning "scented" in Spanish) is a variety of fortified wine (sherry) made in Jerez and Montilla-Moriles and produced by oxidative aging. It is known for its nutty, caramelized characteristics and is quite distinct from the region's other key style, Fino, which is light, dry and yeasty.
After fermentation, the wine is fortified with grape spirits (brandy) to raise the alcohol content to around 18-20%. Unlike Fino or Manzanilla Sherry, Oloroso Sherry is aged without the protective layer of flor yeast. The Oloroso is then put into a solera system, where it can age oxidatively, taking on the dried fruit and wood character associated with this kind of wine. Oloroso Sherry is aged longer than Fino or Manzanilla Sherry and is allowed to oxidize more, which contributes to its deep color and complex flavors. A ging can range from 5 to 30 years or more, with older versions being richer and more intense.
Oloroso Sherry is a wonderful choice for those who appreciate dry, full-bodied wines with a spectrum of nutty and savory characteristics. It is often enjoyed as an aperitif or paired with various meat and cheese dishes, particularly those with rich and robust flavors.
Characteristics: Oloroso Sherry is typically darker in colour than Fino, ranging from amber to mahogany. On the nose it is aromatic and complex, with notes of oak, spices, and toasted nuts. Oloroso Sherry is a dry style, although it may have a subtle hint of sweetness due to its rich, full-bodied nature. It is characterized by its nutty and roasted flavors, often resembling walnuts and hazelnuts. You may also detect notes of toffee, caramel, and dried fruits.
Oloroso Sherry's rich and nutty profile makes it an excellent choice for pairing with a variety of dishes, including: