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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 Criadera "A" Amontillado 375ml

$36.43

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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Alvear Fino Capataz Solera de la Casa 375ml

$33.83

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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Lustau Pedro Ximenez San Emilio Solera Reserva 375ml

$32.08

With piercing aromas of raisin pudding, molasses and spice, this rolls out the welcome mat and more. Luscious is probably as tame as you can put it; this is a ribald sweet wine with acidic backbone and hugely intense flavors of baked brown sugar,...

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Lustau East India Solera Reserva Sherry 500ml

$33.99

One of the finest sweet fortified wines in the world, this one has superior balance of everything. Medium to dark brown in color; a tremendous rush of toffee in the aromas, super alluring and rich; full bodied and packed on the palate; very sweet,...

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Callejuela Manzanilla Pasada Blanquito 500ml

$63.39

Intense and very concentrated aromas. It combines the freshness of the apple with robust iodine notes and the delicacy of white petals. The mouth is throbbing, firm and mineral, spicy, with reminders of hay. Dry and mineral from beginning to end. --...

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Rey Fernando de Castilla Manzanilla 375ml

$24.26

Bodegas Rey Fernando de Castilla was founded in 1837, purchased and revitalized in 1999 by Jan Pettersen (a Norweigian with 15 years at Osborne). Jan also took over the cellars of Jose Bustamante next door and quickly established Fernando de Castilla as...

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