Bodegas Dios Baco Cream Sherry

W Dios Baco Sherry.jpgSherry from Jerez, Spain
Blend of palomino and pedro ximénez grapes
18.0% alcohol by volume

els 9.1/10

Wine Enthusiast 90

Bodegas Dios Baco, “The God Bacchus Winery”, dates back to the late 1700s, changing ownership many times over the centuries, eventually being acquired by Jose Paez Morilla in 1992.

This present winery was built in 1848, and was originally part of “The Twelve Disciples”, but today, only 3 remain; Dios Baco plus the Bodegas la Cruz and Pio XII, located in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, less than 10 miles northeast of the Bay of Cadiz.

The vines grow on the open rolling hills, from a chalky soil with the calcium content ranging from 30 to 100%, baking in the mid-year southern Spanish, cloudless skies with temperatures commonly going past 100 degrees with very little, quenching and cooling rain.  The palomino and Pedro Ximenez white grapes thrive in this climate by thrusting their roots deep into soil in search of any remnants of the plentiful autumn and spring rains, striving to survive the rigors of the dry, hot growing season.

This wine has a beautiful clear, mahogany-amber hue, powerful sweet aromas of dried fruit, sweet, deliciously thick and mild, with a begging for more finish. Pair this wine with strong soft cheese and fruit.

A outstanding wine.


Chateau Carlmagnus 2014

W Carlmagnus BordeauxBordeaux Red Blend from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France.
Proprietary red blend.
14.5% alcohol by volume

els 9.1/10

Wine Advocate 90-92

Wine Spectator 90

James Suckling 90

Fronsac, a wooded and hilly area, east of the Bordeaux wine region, in southwest France, is located near the northern bank of the Dordogne river, just a few miles west of the small city, Libourne; home of numerous appellations including Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, and of course, Fronsac.

Merlot is the main grape variety harvested here along with a smattering of Cabernet Franc, grown on primarily clayey-limestone soils. The vineyards sit atop a network of limestone caves, serving as the winery’s cellars. The summer climate is mild and sunny with temperatures dipping into the low 50s at night, and the days range from the mid 70s to the low 80s. Rain brings 1 to 2.5 inches of water per month.

Chateau Carlmagnus is a gorgeous dark purple, cherries and plums dance into your nose, slightly acidic but is quickly tamed.  This is a full-bodied, complex but balanced wine.

A outstanding wine.


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