Sherry

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Sherry is Spain's most distinctive style of wine. Or rather styles, as sherry can be dry or sweet, translucent or opaque, pale straw or dark amber. But all sherry hails from southern Spain, and bears the mark of barrel ageing. Most sherries are made in the town of Jerez de la Frontera from the Palomino grape. These include Fino, aged under a veil of yeast called "flor" to create a fresh, light dry wine; Amontillado, which begins its ageing under flor but then loses it and oxidizes into an amber coloured wine that smells and tastes of roasted nuts; and Olorosso, aged in contact with the air for a fuller, richer roasted nut character. From the town of Sanlucar de la Barameda, Manzanilla sherry is a lighter, more saline version of Jerez's Fino. And from Montilla come sherries made from the Pedro Ximenez grape, some of the sweetest, richest wines in the world.

Alvear Pedro Ximenez Solera 1927 375ml

$31.99

The NV Pedro Ximenez Solera 1927 is non-vintage, but does have some 1927 material in it. This is totally dark brown/amber with notes of figs, toffee, caramel syrup, molasses and coffee. It is dense, super sweet, intense, rich and an amazingly, unctuously...

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Alvear Fino Sherry 750ml

$21.99

Pale straw in color. Fresh, yeasty, crusty-bread nose with notes of salty almonds. Clean and tangy with a refreshing finish and a softness which makes it delightfully easy to drink. --Winemaker --- The NV Fino from Alvear has signs of youth, a pale...

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Alvear Criadera "A" Amontillado 375ml

$37.30

This is a new (at least to me) NV Criadera /A Fino que va para Amontillado, a category that was always informally referred to as Fino Amontillado, that goes beyond the Fino and starts its oxidative journey. It would be a very young Amontillado, but the...

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El Maestro Sierra Oloroso 375ml

$36.43

"The former Almacenista - supplier to other bodegas - works in a remarkable old bodega. From there they produce this great value Oloroso, offering an alluring roasted butterscotch aroma, and a fine tangy palate." Score: 94 points -- Sarah Jane Evans...

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Gonzalez Byass 2017 Tio Pepe Fino En Rama 750ml

$33.82

Tio Pepe En Rama 2017 shows a pale yellow colour with olive and gold tones. Powerfully aromatic yet elegant at the same time with a distinctive ‘flor’ character and aromas of yeast and almonds. On the palate elegant, fresh, intense, complex,...

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Alvear Fino Capataz Solera de la Casa 375ml

$30.34

Presented with a red stamp on the back label that says "Saca 1/2017," the January 2017 bottling of the exceptionally old NV Fino Capataz Solera de la Casa revealed an unusual complexity and depth showing old age and at the same incredible balance and...

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Gitana Manzanilla Pastrana 750ml

$39.04

“Pastrana always finds a way to work itself into any list of favourites. The grapes comes from a vineyard in the Miraflores district, and the extra years in the solera, hence the name ‘pasada’, give it a confident richness." Score: 92...

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