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


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 Criadera "A" Amontillado 375ml


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


"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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Alvear Fino Capataz Solera de la Casa 375ml


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


“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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Lustau Amontillado Escuadrilla Solera Reserva 375ml


Bright amber colour with golden hints. This complex Amontillado shows intense smoky wood, and nutty aromas, resulting from years of ageing in the bodegas of Jerez. Dry and elegant on the palate, with a long spicy aftertaste.  Aged following a...

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Rey Fernando de Castilla - Antique Fino


Rich and long with greater depth and complexity than a standard Fino - as such Jan refers to this as his 'Winter' Fino! Appealing salty tang and a long citrus finish. Very fresh and pure. This should be served cool, but not very cold. It pairs well...

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