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Lustau Almacenista Manuel Cuevas Jurado Amontillado
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Lustau Almacenista Manuel Cuevas Jurado Amontillado NV

Sherry Jerez - Manzanilla, SpainThe Spanish word almacenista means warehousekeeper or wholesaler. In Sherry-speak, Almacenistas are generally small family businesses that buy or produce young base wines, and mature them in soleras for several years. Once (semi-)mature, they are sold to larger houses for blending, or in special growers / instances, produced as a single wine, like this. There once were over 50 almacenistas in the Jerez area, now there are fewer than twenty. Manuel Cuevas Jurado is a small almacenista in the Calle Trabajadero in SanlĂșcar de Barrameda. Lustau includes two of his wines in their Almacenista series, and were the first to spotlight these wines / growers. This Amontillado first aged as a Manzanilla for 5-6 years before ageing another 7 years or so in an oxidative way. Roasted almonds, burnished orange, flake salts, dried tobacco, mint, a whisper of smoke and orange peel are interwoven on the medium-bodied, lightly plump, bone dry, and very long palate. The saltiness rings of Sanlucar, while the long, caramel-kissed finish hints at its length in wood. A beaut.Tasted: 09 September 2019Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 55.00 500 private wine shops Producer: Bodegas LustauDistributors: The Delf Group
Grape: Palomino Fino