Emilio Lustau "Escuadrilla" Rare Sherry, Spain (750 ml)

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This is an elegant Amontillado Sherry sourced from the Escuadrilla Almacenista. It has a light to medium body showing flavors of caramel and toasted nuts on a lightly lush texture. The wine is perfect for sipping but also very versatile with a wide range of food pairings. What is the "solera" system? Essentially, it's a tiered system of barrel ageing that blends newer and older aged wines together to create a consistent "house" style for the various types of sherry. There are three general styles of Sherry starting with Fino or Manzanilla being the driest, lowest in alcohol and lightest in color, followed by Amontillado and Oloroso which can have some residual sugar, are higher in alcohol, darker in color and more complex from longer barrel ageing, and finally Cream Sherries which have the highest residual sugar and the richest flavor. Lustau was founded in 1896 and today has vineyards and soleras in all three Sherry production towns in the "triangle" of Jerez. They produce wines in all Sherry styles and proudly indicate the "Almacenista" (or small independent grower and producer who sell their cultivated barrels to bigger houses) on all their labels.

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