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Bodega Profile – Bodegas Osborne S.A. – DO Jerez

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D.O./D.O.C/D.O.Ca:DO Jerez-Xerez-Sherry
Address: Fernan Caballero, 7, El Puerto de Santa Maria, 11500 Cadiz SPAIN
Telephone: +0034 956 869 000
Fax: +0034 956 869 080
Email: internationalpr@osborne.es
Webpage: www.osborne.es
Bodega Founded:1772
Hectares of Vines: 210
Grape Varieties Grown: Palomino, Moscatel, Pedro Ximenez
Production in Liters: 4.000.000
Enologist: Ignacio Lozano
Wines Elaborated: Classic Sherry: Manzanilla, Pale Dry, Medium, Rich Golden Premium Sherries: Fino Quinta, Coquinero, Bailen, 10RF, Santa Maria Cream, Pedro Ximenez 1827 Rare Sherries: Pedro Ximenez, Solera India, Amontillado AOS, BC200, P^P
Importers:USA – W.J. Deutsch, UK – D&D Wines

History of the Bodega from the Bodega
Osborne is Spain’s most prestigious producer of wines and spirits. Headquartered in El Puerto de Santa María, Spain, in the famous brandy and sherry-producing region of Jerez. Osborne currently produces world-renowned brandy, sherry, port, fine regional wines and anise liqueur.
Founded in 1772, Osborne is one of the oldest firms of wine and spirit producers in Spain. The firm’s industrial and commercial activities were started by Thomas Osborne Mann, an Englishman. Upon Mann’s death, his sons, Thomas and John, inherited the business. While John served as a Spanish diplomat, Thomas distinguished himself as an industrious and enterprising manager of Osborne, and in 1869. Thomas received the hereditary title of Count of Osborne, making him the first producer of wines and spirits to posses a noble title.
Since those early years, Osborne has remained in family hands. Today, Mr. Tomás Osborne Gamero-Cívico, the fifth Count of Osborne, directs the Company as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Catavino’s Notes
We’ve always known Osborne for their famous bull‘s scattered throughout the countryside of Spain. Their sizes and uses vastly range from small stickers stuck proudly to the back of a car bumper to enormous metal sculptures dotting the Spanish landscape. Emblematic and with a rich history, many people relate the name Osborne to Spain without ever having a fleeting thought of wine cross their minds. And with July being Sherry month at Catavino, it would be a shame not to talk about the famous wines that helped make Osborne what it is today.

So, I headed down to the local wine shop and picked up a bottle of their Cara de Gallo Manzanilla and was immediately saddened to notice that it had gone dead with little flavor and no character left. Looking to the back of the bottle, I noticed that the wine had been bottled on the 86th day of 2006, dating it well over a year old. FYI, Manzanilla should not be consumed after the first six months, though in rare cases, it stays good for up to a year. This wine, however, was a goner.

Fortunately, we received a new bottle yesterday, accompanied by a few friends. The kind people at Osborne offered to replace the bad bottle and included 3 others so that we might write up a little something about them. Happy to fulfill their request, we’ve included our notes on the wines below. They are all quite unique and different, but I’d like to point out that we had the chance to taste Fino against a Manzanilla Sherry. By many accounts, Fino and Manzanilla have so much in common that it’s difficult to tell them apart. In fact, at the Official Sherry Educator’s Seminar, these two styles are grouped as one, as a result of their inability to be told apart when tasted blind. The wines we tried last night, however, couldn’t have been more distinct. If I had tasted them blind, I personally think I would have known they we’re different, but not necessarily by style. Both were light and racy, though typical to the “theory”, the Fino had more body and came off as richer. In a blind tasting, I might not have noticed.

Enjoy the notes!

Ryan Opaz

4 Osborne Sherry's
    Ryan’s Notes
  • N.V. Osborne Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Cara de Gallo Manzanilla – Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry (7/26/2007)
    Light green gold in color. The nose is full of thick honey notes, green leaves, and a creamy almost milk like quality. Soft in the mouth and very dry, giving way to flavors of lime, minerals, green apple, on the very end, a cream note that lingers in your mouth. Great Manzanilla with plenty of character and yet delicate enough not to weigh down the palate.
    4 grape
  • N.V. Osborne Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Fino Quinta – Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry (7/26/2007)
    Light gold in color the nose is very musty with red delicious apple notes, nuts, minerals and white flowers all combing for a full glass of aromas. Big in the mouth with a med acidity and dry nut flavors combined with melon and lime hints. Full and lingering finish this is a fino for food, bigger than some and full of character to take on even oily fish.
    3.5 grape
  • N.V. Osborne Jerez-Xérès-Sherry PX 1827 – Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry (7/26/2007)
    Deep mahogany color to the wine. The nose has notable alcohol but is rounded out with molasses, cinnamon, Ginga cherries, and maple syrup. Medium viscousity for a PX, with medium to light acidity. The palate has caramel, tootsie roll, strong buckwheat honey, and burnt raisen. As is the case with most PX’s this one has a long finish and does well in small amounts. A bonus treat though is to pur a little over some ice cream and really see it come alive!
    3.5 grape
  • N.V. Osborne Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Santa María Cream – Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry (7/26/2007)
    Light golden brown in color. The nose shows dark brown sugar, madagascar vanilla bean, burnt orange, and molasses(light). Medium acidity and a medium viscousity makes sure that this one does not weigh down the palate. Roasted nusts, and fruits, don’t really show up untl after you swallow when all of a sudden cascading flavors of brown sugar, milk chocolate, roasted nuts, and light fruit notes. Great for a night by the fireplace.
    3.5 grape

Gabriella Opaz

  • N.V. Osborne Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Fino Quinta – Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry (7/26/2007)
    Quite pale and light in color with vanilla a creamsicle, perfume and white flower bouquet. Racy mouthfeel but not overwhelming with orange blossom, raw almonds and lime on the palate. Because I imagine this tasting great with savory food, I’m curious how it would up with an Asian stirfry or Thai food?
    3.5 grape
  • N.V. Osborne Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Cara de Gallo Manzanilla – Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry (7/26/2007)
    I love this wine! It is elegant, sublime and sensual. It’s Nicole Kidman in a white evening dress wearing light green emerald earrings walking barefoot on the white beaches of Jerez at sunset. Powerful honey, grass, melon, fuzzy peach, cream and seabreeze on the nose. Extremely dry and austere, but leaves a nice rich creamy sensation on on your tongue. Cantaloupe melon, lime and almond on the palate without a drop of raciness common to most manzanillas I’ve tried.
    4.5 grape
  • N.V. Osborne Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Santa María Cream – Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry (7/26/2007)
    Orange-brown in color with a nose of caramel and orange that hits you over and over like the surf hitting the shore. This is followed by secondary notes of brown sugar and roasted peanuts. Extremely viscous, coating the palate and leaving a lovely warm sensation that makes you want to continue swallowing hoping to savor every last drop of the wine. Lots of vanilla and caramel on the palate with a unique flowery finish. Not a summer wine however. I imagine a brisk fall day where you can just barely see your breath, yet the wine creates a lovely warm and snuggling sensation.
    4 grape
  • N.V. Osborne Jerez-Xérès-Sherry PX 1827 – Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry (7/26/2007)
    Deep auburn color reminiscent of fall. The nose is really astingent and full of alcohol or be weary taking in the bouquet, because you may feel your nose hairs singe off. However, with a little distance, you’ll notice a fabulous nose filled with cinnamon shavings, sour ginja cherries from portugual, lots of molasses, cooked raisins and a faint hint of orange. Fortunately, the palate is noticeably rounder, lacking that sharp alcohol, with loads of buckwheat honey (thanks to our Saturday farmer’s market in Minneapolis), maple syrup, and yes, more raisin! We tried it on vanilla ice cream with chocolate chips and it made the evening! What fabulous pairing.
    4 grape
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  • Brian Burdis

    In 1958 i purchased a bottle of sherry in the United Kingdom which the name 'EL CID' under the brand name DUFF GORDON. This was a beauliful very dry sherry and un fortunately i have benn unable to find it again. I have read that your company took over the DUFF GORDON name, is this EL CID sherry still available.. Regards Brian

    • Rocio Osborne

      Hi Brian,
      You are right, Osborne bought Duff Gordon and I´m sorry but the wine you are talking about is no longer available. It´s a VORS wine so the quantity left is very little so is just for the family members….
      Hope you keep enjoying Sherries!!
      Best

  • Douglas Whitfield

    I am trying to assist my father-in-law in locating a sherry wine that was bottled under the name “Duff Gordon No. 28″ Is this wine still available? If so, can you tell me how he might acquire it?

    Thanks for your help,

    Doug