Bristol Réserve, Rich Oloroso, Solera, Over 100 years ago
Provenance: Lombrail-Teucquam Varenne, 6/19/1999
Harveys Bristol Reserve has a full, rich flavour which can be enjoyed immediately or kept in reserve to complement that special occasion. A fine blend of traditional style Oloroso Sherries, bottled with a full length cork, which also allows the wine to be laid down to mature further. In the same way as the best vintage wines, this sherry may form a natural deposit or crust after 3 or 4 years in bottle.
Well before the Roman conquest some 2,200 years ago, the area around Cadiz, Spain already boasted a flourishing grape-growing and winemaking tradition. Canaanites, who founded the city around 900 b.c., brought vines and the winemaking trade with them. Greeks added to this knowledge and during Rome’s rule from about 200 b.c. to 100 a.d., Cadiz’s wine industry transformed from a local industry to a phenomenon throughout the known world. Vintages from the area around southern Spain soon were being shipped throughout the Empire. The drink that would become the sherry we know today was a favorite among the Roman elite.