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Sherry at the 75th International Gold Cup


Since I am unable to attend Sherry Fest I thought it would be fun to hold our own mini version during our tailgate party at the 75th International Gold Cup.  My interest was captured a month ago when John poured me a taste of the Emilio Lustau, Almacenista, Palo Cortado Vides.  It was lovely, even out of a tiny plastic cup so I immediately knew I would have a bottle at our tailgate party.  To this I added a selection of Sherries from De Maison Selections.  I am a big fan of their red and white wine portfolio so I thought it safe to randomly chose a selection of Sherry.

I struggled a bit taking my notes for these wines possess aromas and flavors that, while reminiscent, are ones I have not tried to describe before.  So I revisited the wines a few times.  I must admit the Emilio Lustau is a very good wine at a very good price.  I highly recommend you try it.  I also liked the El Masetro Sierra very much.  With just a tad less complexity it is nevertheless a bottle which you should try.  The Cesar Florido is a perfect choice for lovers of sweet Sherry.  The interplay between fresh and dried apricot with its racy aspect make it a pleasure to drink.  It is primary in flavor but was the favorite at the tailgate party.  The Emilio Lustau is available at MacArthur Beverages.

Bodegas Grant, Amontillado La Garrocha, Jerez – (375 mL) SRP $14
Imported by De Maison Selections.  This wine is 100% Palomino sourced from 15-50 year old vines on soils of Albariza or chalk.  It was aged for 9 years in solera.  Alcohol 18%.  The color is a very light to light brown tawny.  The medium strength nose jumps out with sweet florals and a certain ripe, greenhouse aroma.  In the mouth the flavors are focused, saline,  and a little tart at first.  Then the wine rounds out with a beam of flavors, a little creamy feel, and a hint of orange in the finish.  A strong nose but more subdued in the mouth.  ** Now.

El Maestro Sierra, Oloroso 15 Anos, Jerez – (375 mL) SRP $16
Imported by De Maison Selections.  This wine is 100% Palomino sourced from 10-60 year old vines on soils of Albariza or chalk.  It was aged 15 years in solera.  Alcohol 19%.  The color is a very light to light brown tawny.  There is a light to medium nose with a hint of sweetness to the textured flor aroma.  In the mouth the flavors are nutty with a flor beam of flavor and plenty of acidity.  The flavors build ripeness as they expand in the mouth.  There are nuts, good depth, and a spicy aspect towards the finish.  Quite nice. *** Now.

Emilio Lustau, Almacenista, Palo Cortado Vides, Jerez – $15
Imported by Europvin USA.  This wine is 100% Palomino.  Alcohol 19%.  The color is a light tawny.  The medium strength nose is a little earthy, with underlying ripe and complex aromas.  In the mouth there is a brief, dry nutty start then the wine slowly expands with ripe flavors.  It is cool and grippy in the middle along with almost-juicy acidity.  Then a touch of fruit develops adding to the complexity.  There is a very long, expansive finish which has some warmth and a racy aftertaste.  Now ****.

Cesar Florido, Moscatel Especial, Jerez – (375 mL) SRP $13
Imported by De Maison Selections.  This wine is 100% Moscatel sourced from 15-50 year old vines on soils of clay.  After fermentation arope (must reduced by cooking) is blended in then aged for one year in solera.  Alcohol 17.5%.  A light tawny color.  The medium strength nose is of apricot which remains fresh along with some dried fruit and a slightly sweaty note.  In the mouth the flavors are racy and thick with apricot flavors.  The fruit is still primary with perfect acidity.  It is almost vicious as the residual sugar comes out in the aftertaste along with dried apricots.  Now but should age.  *** Now.

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