Lots of insight on shochu last post by Brandon Ford, Timothy "Jeremy" White, Mark Guillaudeu, Robert Gomez, Peter Plaehn and Jeremy Eubanks.
This week: Solera as a tool
What is the purpose of this technique? What happens to the abv as the wine ages? Name another 3 regions and producer examples outside of the Sherry Triangle that utilize this method.
Another example outside the Sherry Triangle is Marco de Bartoli’s “Vecchio Samperi” in Marsala. It is a 100% Grillo and unfortified, in honor of the oldest form of Marsala before fortification was introduced and the influence of Sherry, Port, and Madeira made its way to Sicily. (The lack of fortification disqualifies it from Marsala DOC.) New, young wines are added to those aging in oak and chestnut barrels, using the “perpetuo” (solera) system, creating a blend of different vintages with an average age of 15 years.