Cesar Florido Moscatel Dorado, DO Jerez-Xeres-Sherry y Manzanilla, Spain

The D.O. of Jerez-Xérès-Sherry y Manzanilla is the home of Spain’s most famous wine: Sherry. While the climate here on the southern end of Spain is largely Mediterranean, the Atlantic Ocean creates a unique microclimate in Sherry Country. The Denomination is situated near Cadiz and is bounded by the 3 towns of Jerez de la Frontera, Puerto de Santa Maria, and San Lucar de la Baramedea. This area is on the west-facing side of a large cape, and the Atlantic Ocean moderates the hot winds blowing down from the central plateau. This climate, along with the chalk-heavy soils that glaze over in the heat of the summer to trap in the moisture from the spring, creates perfect conditions for the grape varieties of Sherry: Palomino for dry Sherries, and Moscatel and Pedro Ximénez for the sweet Sherries. Bodegas Cesar Florido was founded in 1887 and is currently maintained by Cesar Florido, a descendant of the founder. This Moscatel comes from famous vineyards in the Chipiona region. Vine Age: 15-50 years. Fermentation is stopped by the addition of neutral grape spirits, leaving quite a bit of the natural sugar. Solera aging for 1 year. Best served cold.