NV Lustau Amontillado Los Arcos
NV Lustau Amontillado Los Arcos, Sherry from Jerez,Spain
#82 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012
Winemaker Notes; This dry Amontillado acquires a genuine, rich and nutty flavor through years of aging. Amber in color, with hazelnut aromas on the nose. Light, soft and round on the palate, with a long aftertaste.
Aged in American oak casks in the traditional “Solera y Criaderas” system in the Lustau bodegas in Jerez de la Frontera. A better Amontillado would be difficult to find.
Serve slightly chilled, between 13-14ºC, (55–57º F) in a white wine glass as an aperitif with nuts or cheese or accompanying soups, mushroom dishes, artichokes, green asparagus or risottos.
Critical Acclaim RPRobert Parker’s Wine Advocate; The non-vintage Dry Amontillado Los Arcos Solera Reserva reveals a medium amber hue along with a nutty, honeyed, dry personality with great acid.
Palomino is a white wine grape from Andalucia, southwestern Spain. It is the principal grape variety used to make Sherry, and occupies almost 95 percent of the total vineyard area in Jerez. The variety is rather neutral in flavor, with low acidity and potential alcohol, making it a natural contender for fortification in Sherry’s particular style.
Amontillado Sherry is a partially oxidised version of the famous fortified wine from southern Spain. It sits somewhere on the spectrum between Fino Sherry and Oloroso Sherry, spending the first part of its maturation period under a layer of flor. Amontillado Sherry is dry and yeasty, although with more nutty depth and weight than Fino Sherry.
Bodegas Lustauis a famous Sherry producer in Andalucia and is arguably the most recognized fortified wine producer in the world.It was was founded in 1896 by José Ruiz-Berdejo as an almacenista, which also grew its own vines. Almacenistas generally bought young wine (Ruiz made his own) and matured them in their own soleras, before selling them to larger houses, who would either blend it with older wine, or mature it longer in their larger soleras. It wasn’t until the 1950s that Ruiz’s son-in-law Emilio Lustau Ortega began bottling and exporting his own wine.