NOBLE PUR­SUITS

RUN, DON’T WALK. WITH ONLY 560 BOT­TLES IN THE WORLD, CASA NOBLE’S ALTA BELLEZA IS NEW YORK’S NOT-TO-BE­MISSED SIP.

Gotham - - Contents - BY ALDOUS TUCK

Run, don’t walk. With only 560 bot­tles in the world, Casa Noble’s Alta Belleza is New York’s not-to-be­missed sip.

With a fam­ily his­tory of tequila-mak­ing that reaches back two cen­turies, Jose “Pepe” Hermosillo, Casa Noble’s CEO and found­ing part­ner, has tequila in his blood. This le­gacy just went ul­tra-luxe with a lim­it­ededi­tion re­lease of an ex­cep­tional añejo, the Alta Belleza ($1,200). Hermosillo shares the jour­ney of this out­stand­ing ex­pres­sion.

How long did it take to cre­ate Alta Belleza?

Nearly 16 years—which in­cluded hand­pick­ing 12-year-old blue agave, triple-dis­till­ing the añejo in small batches, and then ag­ing it for three years be­fore a six-month finishing in T5 Ton­nel­lerie Taransaud French Oak wine barrels [that] for­merly held Robert Mon­davi To Kalon Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon.

What makes the Taransaud barrels so spe­cial?

We have worked with the Taransaud cooper­age for years, so it was quite an op­por­tu­nity to ac­cess these par­tic­u­lar barrels, which add a sin­gu­lar complexity to the taste pro­file.

Share the el­e­ments of that taste pro­file.

It is a blend of two places: Jalisco, Mex­ico, and the Napa Val­ley. The com­plex tastes of sweet cooked agave, toasted al­mond and cin­na­mon, and the aro­mas of green ap­ple and spices min­gle with finishing notes of nuts, green pep­per, and cin­na­mon from the wine barrels, which also de­liver a beau­ti­ful cop­per tone. Avail­able at ABC Kitchen, 35 E. 18th St., 212-4755829; abck­itchen­nyc.com

“THE WINE BARRELS ADD COMPLEXITY TO THE TASTE PRO­FILE AND DE­LIVER A BEAU­TI­FUL COP­PER TONE.” — JOSE HERMOSILLO

Con­nois­seur’s cup: Jose “Pepe” Hermosillo, the CEO and found­ing part­ner of Casa Noble, has per­fected a lim­it­ededi­tion añejo, Alta Belleza, that re­tails for $1,200 a bot­tle.

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