Bodegas Osborne

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Country of Origin: Spain
Location: Jerez
People: Osborne family, Owners

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Bodegas Osborne (500 ml) 'Capuchino' Palo Cortado VORS Sherry, Jerez DO Login WA 94 <1 Case

Founded in 1772, in El Puerto de Santa Maria (Cadiz), Bodegas Osborne is one of Spain's most distinguished wine and sherry producers and one of the oldest family-owned businesses in the world. 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. They place an extremely high value on quality and consistency to offer consumers exceptional wines with equally attractive pricing.

Osborne owns nearly 400 hectares, much in the Balbaina district of Jerez Superior, and fairly recently acquired the old Domecq VORS soleras. Their vast company portfolio also encompasses the well reputed Bodegas Montecillo wines from Rioja, Solaz wines from Tierra de Castilla and Dominio de Malpica wines also from Tierra de Castilla. Brandy, port and other distinguished spirits as well as delicious Iberian pork products, bottled water and TOROXL energy drinks, round out the comprehensive portfolio. Really, Osborne is more of an empire than a company.

In the lands that form the triangle of Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlucar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa Maria, Osborne ages its sherries, manzanillas, amontillados, olorosos and sweet wines protected under the Designation of Origin Jerez-Xèrés-Sherry and Manzanilla Sanlucar de Barrameda.

A profile on Osborne wines would be incomplete without a mention of the famed Osborne bull. There are just under 100 of these 8,000 pound, 45 feet tall black metal bulls dotting the country. The big, black bull was originally scripted to represent a line of Osborne brandy, but has since evolved into covering and symbolizing many of their wine and spirit products. It has evolved into expressing not just a company, but a people. Spaniards all over have embraced this "gentle" giant as an emblematic symbol of Spain’s cultural strength and fortitude, encompassing both the country’s virtues and values in one fell swoop.

A Visit to Bodegas Osborne in Jerez (video) (in Spanish)

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  • Bodegas Osborne (500 ml) 'Capuchino' Palo Cortado VORS Sherry, Jerez DO
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (8/1/2013)

    The NV Capuchino VORS Palo Cortado displays a bright mahogany robe, has a nose of incense, noble woods, quince, a touch spirity and lots of hazelnuts, while the medium- to full-bodied palate is quite bitter, intense and powerful with the roundness of an Oloroso, persistent and full, with good acidity, ending with a note of coffee. Drink 2013-2017.