El Maestro Sierra 15 Year Oloroso Sherry, Jerez, Spain (375 ml)

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This lovely Oloroso Sherry comes from a 15 year solera. It shows great texture and nuance with all the medium richness one looks for in an Oloroso but with added elegance and complexity. Aromas and flavors of nuts (think hazelnuts dipped in a thin layer of dark chocolate) and exotically fragrant spices grace the generous palate. The finish is long and lingering and will make you want to come back for more. It's a truly crafted Sherry that no Sherry lover should be without. El Maestro Sierra is today one of the most respected and revered Sherry houses of Jerez. But it wasn't always that way. Jose Antonio Sierra founded the winery in 1832. He was a carpenter responsible for making most of the barrels used in the soleras of Jerez but he always wanted to be an actual sherry producer, not just a supplier of the vessels that made sherry. Unfortunately for him, sherry houses were all run by the nobility and they didn't take kindly to an upstart trying to get in on their territory. After years of struggle he was finally able to grow his business some and establish himself as a leading Almacenista (stockholder of sherry soleras). He designed his label to depict his position - as a fox being chased in a hunt by noblemen on horseback. The house is run today by Pilar Pla Pechovierto, whose late husband was a direct descendant of Jose Antonio Sierra. Since El Maestro Sierra was never a large scale producer and historically didn't sell a lot of volume, their solera stocks are amongst the oldest and finest in Jerez.

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