N.V. Emilio Lustau Sherry Solera Reserva Dry Amontillado Los Arcos

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Jerez
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 93
Fortified Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 18.5%
Price :
$12.95
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2012 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100: #82

"Walnut, halva, singed almond and green tea notes give this an intriguing profile, flirting with an off-dry character. Stays dry through the bitter orange-edged finish. Drink now. 4,500 cases made. J.M." (WS)

"The non-vintage Dry Amontillado Los Arcos Solera Reserva reveals a medium amber hue along with a nutty, honeyed, dry personality with great acid.

Lustau made its reputation in the foreign markets with its extraordinary single cask Almacenistas which had been accumulated by the family over many years as their soleras are among the oldest in Sherry. The family also owns over 500 acres of vineyards. These are all remarkable efforts for their stunning value. While they are still under-the-radar for most American wine lovers, I encourage readers to give them a try as they are great introductory reference points for how profound sherry can be. I first wrote about the extraordinary sherries of Emilio Lustau many years ago, in the early days of The Wine Advocate. The portfolio of under $25 a bottle selections represents remarkable value for their complex, well-made personalities. Lustau includes a bottling date code as purchasers would want to buy Finos and Manzanillas as young as possible. It is difficult to describe the glories of sherry, but I’ll try. These Solera Reservas are all great reference points at a low price point from Lustau. None of the Almacenista soleras, which are single cask and very limited bottlings, are reviewed since they are priced over $25 a bottle, but they can be as profound as any alcoholic beverage in the world." (WA)

Winery Notes:
This wine, partially aged under a veil of yeast like the Finos (the biological process) completes its ageing without the yeast (oxidative process).

Amber in colour with a nutty aroma on the nose. Light, soft and round on the palate, with a long aftertaste.