Emilio Lustau East India Solera 750ml (Jerez)
The name Emilio Lustau has not only become synonymous with highest quality sherry, it has transcended the traditional sherry market to establish a whole new category of sophisticated drinking. Think 'Lustau' and one does not think of musty, sticky brown liquids in a previous generation's glassware. 'Lustau' is about super-fresh tapas and cutting-edge food and wine pairing. It is about complexity and harmony, elegance and balance., intensity and persistence. This is 21st century wine.
In centuries gone by, casks of sherry were lashed to ships sailing for the Indies as ballast, and were found to develop an extraordinary smoothness and complexity. Lustau has revived this style of sherry in the East India wine. Unforgettable flavours of raisins, candied peel and nuts. Perfect companion to light desserts and cakes, but can also be served with cheeses, or simply as a sweet digestif. Serve at cool room temperature.
Readers looking for something weighty, sweet, and provocative should check out the non-vintage East India Solera. A blend of soleras averaging 15 to 50 years of age, it boasts a dark amber color as well as a huge nose of melted toffee, caramel, figs, and prunes. This over-the-top yet surprisingly vibrant (because of good acidity) effort is best drunk as dessert at the end of a meal. Wine Advocate #159 (Jun 2005) Robert Parker 94 points
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