Thursday, January 31, 2019

Lustau Solera Reserva Captaz Andres Deluxe Cream Sherry

When I pulled this out of the cellar on Christmas day, I was embarrassed by the red tag on the bottle: $4.99! But I knew that this wine is worth much, much more. In fact, the $20 price tags I have seen elsewhere represent extreme bargains. It comes from very old and rare soleras owned by Emilio Lustau. A month later, I am still enjoying it.,

Brownish/amber color, and there were some notes of oxidation when I first opened the bottle. Those signs may have been a factor in the ridiculously low close out price. Oxidation, of course, is all part of the Sherry experience. And it doesn't take more than a few minutes before it all gets folded into the complex mix of walnuts, raisins, dates, figs, maple and toffee. Sweet but not sticky or cloying. Layers and layers of pleasure. A perfect match for plum pudding.

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