Having pioneered vintage Finos, the bodega is launching a new one, “Tiento”, a Fino en rama 2007. It will be the first in a new series of vintage Sherries which bears the names of different flamenco styles (palos) on their labels according to the style of the wine. The origin of Tientos is in risk taking, being adventurous, daring (the word translates as “care”) and that is what winemaker Paola Medina has been doing in her amazing work with biological ageing in vintage wines. Tientos are deep, majestic and slow and the Fino is like that; deep and majestic, to be appreciated slowly.
Interestingly it is not the first time the word Tiento has appeared on a W&H label. In the past they bore the old Andalusian saying “Para conserver el conocimiento, vete al vino con tiento, pero si el vino es de Jerez, perderás el tiento alguna vez” (To preserve your senses approach wine with care, but if it comes from Jerez, you can lose that care for once). And the flamenco connection goes deeper. Since the firm’s first vintage wine in 1920 there has always been a nod to flamenco in the shape of a flamingo (flamenco in Spanish), and that tradition lives on. Just this month Josep Roca chose a W&H Oloroso vintage 2002 to match a soleá at the Copa Jerez “Tal palo, tal Jerez” event. The bodega is even sponsoring the first “Ciudad de Jerez” prize for flamenco research.