Established in 1860 by Vincente Romero Carranza, Bodegas Pedro Romero is a family-owned winery located in Sanlucar de Barrameda at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River. Its location near the Atlantic Ocean and the Guadalquivir River (closer than any of the Sherry bodegas in Sanlucar) provides the humidity that feeds the flor essential to the creation of good Sherry. All its Sherry is made using the traditional Solera system of 600 L casks made from American white oak. The bodega has over 10 thousand casks for aging its sherries. In addition to the wines tasted here, Pedro Romero makes some exceptional, older Sherry, including its Prestige line averaging over 50 years of age. The importer is Frontier Wine Imports of Dover NJ.
This is one in a series of reviews of important Sherry houses. Earlier this year we reviewed the Sherries of Dios Baco. Those interested in learning more about how Sherry is made and the differences between Sherry types should consult our Special Report: Introduction to Sherry (also available in Spanish, Informe Especial: Introducción al Sherry). Also, see our review of the outstanding book Sherry, Manzanilla & Montilla by Pieter Liem and Jesús Barquín.
Tasting Notes and Ratings
Pedro Romero NV Aurora Manzanilla ($14) 90 The Aurora Manzanilla shows very good aromatic intensity as well as flavor density on the palate. Notes of iodine and olive are complemented by stony minerals on a refined palate, finishing long with thick extract.
Pedro Romero NV Manzanilla Extra Dry ($14) 88+ The Pedro Romero Manzanilla has a lovely, light green olive and mineral character. It’s a fine wine, with considerable purity on the palate and a saline persistence on the finish. Very good.
Pedro Romero NV Fino Pale Dry Sherry ($14) 88 This pale straw colored wine reveals a distinct saline character on the nose. The palate is dry and delicate with brine and green olive notes. Finishes with chalky minerals and very good length.
Pedro Romero NV Oloroso Medium Rich Sherry ($14) 91 Medium light amber. Showing scents of dates, tobacco and smoke, this Oloroso is richly flavored and dry on the palate, finishing fresh and crisp. This is a delicious drink that’s dry on the finish despite its dried fruit richness. A spectacular buy.
Pedro Romero NV Amontillado Medium Dry Sherry ($14) 90+ Medium brown amber. Lively, bright aromas of dried figs, orange marmalade and a hint of burnt sugar. Medium bodied and packed with flavor on the palate, finishing dry and long. Quite delicious. Best served lightly chilled. Great value. Alc 17.5 Has 10 percent Pedro Ximenez.
Pedro Romero NV Moscatel ($14) 91 Light brown. Prominent notes of coffee liqueur, dried apricot and orange zest show on the nose and are mirrored on the palate. While lightly sweet, this Moscatel is clean on the palate and finishes almost dry. Served over ice with a twist of orange, it makes a refreshing summer drink.
Pedro Romero NV Cream Sherry ($14) 88 Medium brown. This is classic cream sherry with notes of crème brulee, milk chocolate, and a note of sassafras. It’s moderately sweet and velvet smooth on the palate, finishing with a tad more heat than the other Pedro Romero sherries. Has 40% Pedro Ximenez.
Pedro Romero NV Pedro Ximenez Extra Rich Sherry ($25) 91 Dark amber brown. A richly fragrant and unctuous beverage showing creamy dark toffee, burnt sugar, chocolate, and prominent notes of orange marmalade. Velvet smooth on the palate with concentrated date, coffee, and chocolate, this Pedro Ximenez is sweet but not cloying with an extremely long aftertaste. Superb for blending with rich vanilla ice cream to create an adult milk shake dessert.
Mike Potashnik and Don Winkler