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94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Sourced from the same solera as the La Bota 46, from the cellars of Pérez Barquero in Montilla-Moriles, but this time taken only from the solera, the NV La Bota de Oloroso 74 “Montilla” is Pedro Ximénez that has been aged oxidatively in a solera for an average of 30 years. It's getting close to the character of a Palo Cortado with some hints of apricots, old furniture and varnish. The textbook nose is very expressive and the palate is round and lush, velvety with a finish dominated by nuts and a spirity touch. It...

93 points Robert 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...The portfolio of under $25 a bottle selections represents remarkable value for their complex, well-made personalities. Lustau includes a bottling date code as purchasers would want to buy Finos and Manzanillas as young as possible. It is difficult to describe the glories of sherry, but I’ll try. These Solera Reservas are all great reference points at a low price point ...

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The older of the two Palo Cortados I tasted in this sitting was the NV La Bota de Palo Cortado 72 'Pata de Gallina,' bottled at an average age of 35 years (it would qualify for a VORS if they wanted) and of Jerez origin. It was sourced from the Almacenista Juan García Jarana and then matured in the Fernando de Castilla winery. It spent some 30 years in a solera of casks filled to 5/6 of their volume and the last five years untouched in six 500-liter butts that belong to Equipo Navazos in the cellars of Fernando d...

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A classical PX aged in the style of Jerez, more oxidative than the ones produced in Montilla-Moriles, the NVLa Bota de Pedro Ximénez 76 "Jerez" has 370 grams of residual sugar and 16% alcohol after being aged for an average of 30 years in old 600-liter American oak casks, where some alcohol evaporated, as it was fortified to 17.5%. This was already bottled eight or nine years ago, with number 11. It has notes of carob beans, cocoa, licorice and toffee, not too dry, a little more oxidative and more developed. 1,80...

Made with 100% palomino fino grapes from the vineyards Cartera and Macharnudo Alto, in one of the noblest vine areas or ‘pagos’ in the Sherry District, located four kilometers West-Northwest of Jerez de la Frontera. The Fino En Rama Navazos ferments with local yeasts and, after a small fortification so as to increase its alcohol content from ca. 12.5% to 15% abv, the wine enters the solera system where it has aged under a layer of flor for an average of five years. It is therefore a well aged fino, indeed far from the ten or more years of age of Equipo ...
Price: $14.99

93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The NV Alvear Amontillado Carlos VII is a beauty, with more elegance and purity than the Criadera A release. Caramelized citrus, honey, salted peanuts, hints of blue cheese, and tons of spice notes all flow to a powerful yet elegant sherry that has bright acidity and a beautiful finish. This release can be thought of as a very old Fino where the flor has died and sunk to the bottom of the barrel, exposing the wine to oxygen and oxidation, which concentrates the wine (and raises the alcohol)." (09/2019) 93 points Robert Parker's ...

From a solera begun in 1991, this spectacular Sanluqueño Amontillado contains wine of an average age of 15-20 years old. Blended in, there is a tiny amount of very old wine discovered in the bodega shortly after its purchase. It had been sealed in plaster, as the former owner was apparently determined to keep this pre-phylloxera wine, unblended, all to himself! Aromatics reveal salty flor, followed by toffee. The wine is racy on the palate, until it turns rich and succulent, with buttered and roasted pecan and almond flavors. This is really quite good. (...
Price: $19.99

92 points Wine & Spirits: "Juan García Jarana, the motorcycle magnate of Jerez, sells a portion of his soleras to Lustau for this delicate Oloroso. It starts with notes of candied almonds, coconut palm syrup and caramel. The hint of salinity lends complexity and freshness, without diminishing that delicate, pleasing sweetness." (06/2009) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Just add this oloroso to the growing list of excellent Sherries from Lustau. This one is tellingly nutty on the nose, thus the hazelnut and walnut flavors are expected as they become part of...

92 points Wine & Spirits: "Consistently one of the finest traditional manzanillas you'll ever taste, La Gitana might as well be the Webster's entry for the category: pale straw color, salty seaside freshness and a dry, tangy, yet rich flavor. And that flavor lingers after each sip, too, like sea spray." (04/2005) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Dry and refreshing, with apple, straw and nutty flavors all underscored by a salty tanginess. Lightweight and balanced, this is very appealing. Break out the almonds and olives. Drink now. " (10/2005) Robert Parker...

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There is a new and exceptional bottle of very old Amontillado, of which I tasted the November 2016 bottling--the first 'saca'--the NV Amontillado Sin Prisa 1/42 (sin prisa means 'no rush'). It's sourced from the 'bota punta' of a solera of 42 butts that contains wine that easily exceeds 50 years of age. It's a sharp and vertical Amontillado of Sanlúcar character: like a razor, pungent, saline and marine, with notes of low tide, saltpeter, iodine and rusty iron. This is truly exceptional and I would say a very goo...

94 points Wine & Spirits: "Notes of anise and clove distinguish this robust Oloroso, accenting its salinity. It recalls the coasts of Jerez with aromas and flavors of iodine, salt and the signature earthy dampness of Hidalgo's very old soleras. Firm on the palate, with sharp acidity that penetrates the depths of the wine's flavors, this would be delicious with clams sautéed in olive oil and garlic." (06/2009) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Shows lovely focus and persistence, with a prominent thread of bitter almond that runs from start to finish, while sin...

Wine Spectator: "Shows a light piney hint before bright chamomile and honeysuckle aromas fill in. Rather nervy through the palate, featuring a finish of green almond and fennel notes. (Web-2014)" K&L Notes: A wonderful expression of Manzanilla, the La Cigarrera always comes to us very fresh, expressing the briny, sea air quality for which these wines are known. It is bone dry, appley and has suggestions of loquat fruit and pits, with terrific complexity, no doubt due to the bodega's prime location in the "barrio bajo" section of Sanlucar, as well as its...
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91 points Wine Spectator: "This is bright for a cream Sherry, with green tea and singed ginger notes out front, providing heft to the date, raisin, caramel and charred bourbon barrel accents. The sleek finish lets the green tea edge reemerge, with well-embedded acidity for length. Drink now. (JM)" (10/2013) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Smooth and sweet, like a cream Sherry is supposed to be. On the nose, this one easily shifts from ripe apricot and peach fruit to nuts and saline. The palate starts with a blast of coffee and mocha and then folds in brown...

92 points Wine & Spirits: "This is a selection from botas of Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez raised separately and then blended to age for three years in solera. The result puts the sweetness of the PX in front, with flavors of plum jam and tobacco. The salinity of the Oloroso brings freshness and fine minerality that play softly in the background. " (06/2011) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a ripe, honeyed style of Sherry with deep brown sugar and cinnamon aromas. Its solid palate is under control and not syrupy, tapering into brown sugar and fig flavor...

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I tasted five different bottlings of the very old Fino from Tradición, starting with the younger NV Fino Viejo Tradición from the May 2017 release. When they do the spring bottling the flor is really blooming (literally!) and the wines are more expressive. This feels very young and has plenty of yeasty aromas, hints of esparto grass and olives in brine. The palate is dry, intense and sharp but with the volume and concentration of old age. Each bottling sees 3,000 bottles filled. It's fascinating to see how the wi...

93 points Wine & Spirits: "Deliciosa grows at the Pago Miraflores in Sanlúcar de Barrameda and it’s typically aged for five years under flor. This lastest saca shows a lovely mix of almond flavors, salt and white fruit, all melding into the wine’s deep mineral notes. It’s substantial enough to serve in the company of blackened redfish." (08/2018) Jancis Robinson: "Slightly darker than some. Really nutty aroma, chewy, great freshness and a yeasty richness. Super-fresh and full of yeasty umami character as well as dried grasses. Long and intensely mouth-...

The wonderful Vermut de Jerez from Lustau is the result of two great Spanish beverage houses coming together to create something superfluously good. Lustau, the storied producer of Sherry and The Caballero Family who have specialized in liquors since 1830. The result is an enchanting mixture of Jerez' great wine and classic Vermouth herbs and botanicals. The rich dark fruit and zippy structure of the wine blends perfectly with the bitters herbs like wormwood and gentian, while the aromatic depth of the coriander, angelica and orange peel round out the pa...
Price: $19.99

96 points Decanter: "Everything you could possibly want in a Palo Cortado, a wine evenly poised between Amontillado and Oloroso. Toasted and buttery, with walnut notes on the nose leading into a resoundingly bold palate of honey, bitter caramel and a lift of saltiness. The power is carefully controlled through to an elegant finish. (SE)" (11/2018) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The amber-colored NV Antique Palo Cortado has a clean, changing, lifted nose of white chocolate, orange marmalade, almonds and incense, while the balanced palate come...

92 points Wine & Spirits: "Don't be put off by the intensely resinous scent; this is a complex, classic manzanilla, with dark nut notes in the intense flor-driven flavor and a brisk sea-salt edge. Under the flor, hints of lemon zest, dried apple and almonds merge in a delicate balance. Ideal with nothing more than a handful of marcona almonds." (04/2005) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Very high-pitched, with bright chalk, chamomile, salt and lemon seed notes. The vigorous finish has serious cut. Drink now. *Top 100 Wines of 2014* (JM)" (08/2014) Wine Ent...

95 points Wine & Spirits: "Pasada is an old style of Manzanilla being resurrected in Jerez. Normally, a Manzanilla will have three years of aging; a pasada continues to rest in the solera as the veil of flor begins to fade. This allows the wine to begin a slow oxidation process, going beyond fruit into more complex aromas. Pastrana, selected from an extremely chalky parcel in the Pago Miraflores, is one of the best examples of this style on the market. The wine ages under its veil of flor for 12 years before bottling en rama (with minimal filtration). It...

91 points Wine Spectator: "This has enticing range, with hints of nectarine and white peach out front, followed quickly by a saltier profile of chalk, quinine, Brazil nut and citrus oil. The long, vigorous finish has lovely spine, leaving a fleur de sel note echoing. (JM)" (08/2014) K&L Notes: Lots of attention has recently been placed on the historic region and stunning wines of Jerez. Despite all the newspaper articles, restaurant by-the-glass placements, even a serious new book on the topic, the spotlight has generally avoided Rey Fernando de Castil...

Jancis Robinson: "Benchmark classic smoky-salty nose. Hay. Subtle, beautifully fresh, moderately sustained. Mouth-wateringly dry. Reliable and *Good Value* 16/20 points. (JH)" (04/2016) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Talking about which, the NV Tio Pepe Fino is an icon of Sherry wine. Produced from Palomino grapes aged in the Tio Pepe solera for an average of four years under flor. It has a light nose of dried flowers, almonds and olives, in a subtle way and a dry palate dominated by the chalky notes. Light and easy to drink, it is a good introduction...
Price: $16.99

Gonzalez Byass "Noe" Pedro Ximenez VORS Jerez de la Frontera (375ml)
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94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Raisin and more raisin aromas come with touches of cinnamon, caramel and molasses. This feels viscous but not gooey, and thus it's just right as P. X. goes. Flavors of caramel, fig and raisin finish with elegance and bolstering acidity. *Top 100 Wines of 2016, Editor's Choice* (MS)" (05/2016) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Singed black sesame, rye, buckwheat honey, Black Forest cake and blackberry reduction notes form a large-scaled core, with a viscous texture and a long, palate-coating finish. A light echo of peanut toffee add...

From the importer: "Alexander Jules is my label of ? barrel selected sherries and Spanish wine import company. I search the Sherry Triangle for exceptional soleras of unique composition or circumstance, tasting each barrel in the solera, marking with chalk those I feel to be the most complex and elegant, or those that reflect the profile I would like to bring out from within that solera. All bottlings are en rama, being only gently filtered or entirely unfiltered, with no other treatments or additions." This Fino comes from the "other" superior Cambori...
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93 points Wine & Spirits: "Extremely dry, this austere Amontillado comes from the white chalky albariza soils of the famed Macharnudo vineyard. It aged under flor for about eight years, and then spent eight more years aging oxidatively before being bottled. At first, it shows only the classic flavors of iodine and salt, with enchanting sea breeze notes. You have to wait for the fruit flavors to emerge, notes of roasted white fruit and nuts emerging in the midst of its cool flavors. Only for fans of super-dry Sherry, this is ideal for mojama, cured tuna b...

An incredible 8-10 year average age Manzanilla, the Aurora is our newest Manzanilla and one of our more exciting Sanluqueño offerings in quite a while! A blend of two different soleras: one in barrio bajo which contributes umami driven savoriness and the other in barrio alto which lends a round richness, this is a Manzanilla that satisfies and clearly is punching beyond its weight class. Aromas of flor and tarragon lead to a lovely appley palate with surprising textural weight and length. A must try for fans of the inimitable dry Sherries of Sanlucar de...
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93 points Wine & Spirits: "Although part of Lustau’s basic line, this Solera PX shows great depth of flavor, a complex network of caramelized aromas mingling with notes reminiscent of dried plums, chocolate and exotic spices. Sweet and opulent, this is creamy and rich in all its aspects." (10/2015) 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "With piercing aromas of raisin pudding, molasses and spice, this rolls out the welcome mat and more. Luscious is probably as tame as you can put it; this is a ribald sweet wine with acidic backbone and hugely intense flavors of ba...

Barbadillo is back! This bottling of Manzanilla Pasada, a more mature, longer aged Manzanilla which deepens in flavor and softens in texture, deriving a combination of autolytic and flor driven goodness from the yeast. This wine is so elegant, and would pair beautifully with sushi, a simple rice bowl with egg and soy sauce, or even a plate of spaghetti with bottarga.
Price: $21.99

El Maestro Sierra was founded in 1830 by master cooper José Antonio Sierra, who ran a prosperous barrel-building business called La Merced. Recognized as one of the top coopers in the area, he longed to become involved in the Sherry trade itself. Eventually, he set about building a small winery with the aim of making the best sherries possible. Pilar Pla Pechovierto, the current owner of El Maestro Sierra since 1976, is a brave and resolute woman who managed to drive the business forward despite the prevailing machismo of the time. El Maestro Sierra bec...
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96 points Wine & Spirits: "“Fino Amontillado” is a style of Sherry that’s virtually extinct. It was made from old wines that had almost lost their flor and had begun to oxidize, their color darkening as they gained depth and complexity. Although La Panesa is not, strictly speaking, a Fino Amontillado, it has the characteristics of those wines from the past. With an average of 15 years of aging in solera (ten more than most Finos), it takes the lifespan of flor to the limit, creating a wine that’s intoxicating in its mineral and dried-fruit fragrance. Bon...

95 points Decanter: "Layers of mouthwatering flavours; dried fruits, peanut brittle, cream caramel, coffee, cedar and a beautifully luscious texture with freshness, lift and a long, rich finish. *Gold Medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2018*" (04/2018) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The NV Apostoles VORS is a blend of Palomino made into Palo Cortado and 10% Pedro Ximenez, assembled after their first five years of aging after which they completed their 30 years in barrel together. It shows a mahogany color and a predominant note of raisins amon...

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The NV Oloroso Gran Barquero is produced from Pedro Ximenez grapes aged oxidatively in a solera system for 25-30 years on average. It displays a dark amber color and a complex nose of cigar ash, candied apricots and roasted nuts. The palate is ample, velvety, with good structure, without the rusticity some attribute to the wines of Montilla, and very slightly off-dry, which makes it very approachable. (LG)" (08/2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The NV Fino La Ina is a recent acquisition, as it was one of the flagship wines from the old, deceased Domecq winery. Quite pale, it feels fresh, with toasted sesame seeds, roasted nuts and salty notes in a fresh and light palate, with good acidity and short- to medium aging. (LG)" (08/2013) K&L Notes: Formerly owned by Domecq, this is one of Andalucía's most beloved, everyday fino sherries. Lustau recently purchased the solera as well as the trademark to this delicious fino. This is a recently bottled, impeccably fre...
Price: $20.99



90 points Wine Spectator: "Round, rich style. Sports bitter chocolate, toffee, honey and ocean brine flavors, picking up a burnt edge. Balanced, ending with a dry, pungent finish. (BS)" (11/2006) Jancis Robinson: "Pale walnut brown. Caramel and reduced bitter orange on the nose. That glorious bitter orange on the palate too, with amazing freshness and precise shape. Intense bitter-orange flavour but without bitterness, then the salty finish increasing the freshness. (JH) 17.5/20 points" (03/2017) K&L Notes: Lots of attention has recently been placed ...

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are only 600 half bottles of the spirity and super old NV Oloroso Singular, which had all the signs of an extremely old age before the wines of this oxidative style become too painful and/or volatile: iodine, rusty iron, cigar ash, varnished oak and nuts. The palate is super concentrated and intense, a little extreme, hugely concentrated and pungent, with 22% alcohol on the label and an eternal finish. They purchased three casks that had been with a family for almost 100 years. It was bottled in December 20...
Price: $189.99

Founded in 1792 by Don Jose Pantaleon Hidalgo and still family owned and operated, Bodega Hidalgo is one of the finest. The famous producer released this brandy originally for it's 200th anniversary and the Solera has continued to offer one of the most exciting experiences in Spanish Brandy for several decades. The brandy is aged in centuries old American Oak Oloroso Sherry Butts which previously held sherry in Solera. That means these are some of the finest old casks in all of Jerez and the resulting spirit, distilled from the fresh young wines that Hid...
Price: $64.99

This is the en rama, or unfiltered, version of Rey Fernando de Castilla's excellent Fino, bottled in October 2013. It is a beautiful, even more pungent, fresh and vibrant expression of their regular Fino bottling, and will likely maintain this immediate "en rama-ness" for several months, before evolving over the next few years into something less pungent and salty, but richer and every bit as intriguing. Founded in 1999 by Jan Petterson, a Norwegian who is a long-time veteran of the Sherry trade, these are excellent Sherries across the board, particula...
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95 points Wine & Spirits: "Inocente is Valdespino’s flagship, a wine from the Macharnudo Alto vineyard, where the soil is pure white albariza. It ferments in 600-liter wooden casks without added yeasts, a practice that has become increasingly rare in Jerez. The intensity of the wine’s salinity is remarkable—iodine and salt—coming together with ripe white fruit, scents of nuts and exotic spices. The structure is dry and austere, like drinking the juice of stones. This will last for a decade in the cellar, but it’s impossible to hold onto a bottle if there...

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Going one step beyond, the NV Amontillado en Rama Cruz Vieja is aged for five years under 'flor' and then a further seven years in topped up barrels once the alcohol was adjusted to 17.5% in the 'soleras' and 'criaderas' system for an average of seven years. It is an elegant, floral wine, with subtle notes of hazelnuts, pine nuts, flowers, honey and a very sharp, salty palate, that makes it extremely long. This is the May 2014 bottling (Lot-141603), and I consider this a great value Amontillado. 1,000 bottles wer...

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The textbook NV Oloroso en Rama Cruz Vieja is bottled from a solera started in 1900 and the wine averages 10 years of age. It's immediately recognizable as Oloroso, and even if it's not particularly old or complex, it's really pleasant. It mixes noble woods, with bitter marmalade, tobacco and spices. The palate is round and balanced, with good intensity. (LG)" (04/2016) 90 points Wine Spectator: "A high-pitched oloroso, with singed orange peel, dried persimmon, Brazil nut and green tea notes allied to a nervy s...

93 points Wine & Spirits: "This has the unmistakable delicacy and softness of El Maestro Sierra’s house style. Aged under the veil of flor for four years, it has strong acidity, a deliciously abrasive texture reminiscent of the albariza soils and a spicy finish that invites you to drink the whole bottle with a plate of pescaíto frito." (08/2017) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The non-vintage Fino offers up aromas and flavors of sea salt and roasted nuts. It is excellent as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to sushi. (JM)" (02/2007) Jancis...

An exceedingly rare oloroso, in that it is actually aged very briefly under flor prior to its 15-20 years of solera ageing oxidatively, the Villapanés is one of the great wines of Jerez. As with the other Emilio Hidalgo wines, there is an understated elegance which marks the wine and defines the style of the house.
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97 points James Suckling: "Concentrated and complex dried-fruit character that spans the fruit spectrum from citrus through to raisins. There’s a ton of caramel, too. Yet, miraculously, this isn’t a jot too much. Rather, the acidity shines a laser beam of light-like clarity onto these riches. Great length. Drink this sweet-sherry marvel now!" (10/2018) 95 points Decanter: "DWWA 2018 Gold Medal: Nuts and coffee on the wonderfully complex nose, with hints of cheese, rich deep chocolatey palate with coffee and spice in the delightfully long finish." (04/2...

96 points Wine & Spirits: "The wines that make up this Palo Cortado have an average age of more than 25 years. Originally, it was aged in Calle Ponce in the city of Jerez; hence the initials still printed on the label. During aging, the wine is refreshed with Fino Inocente and Amontillado Tío Diego, two other top bottlings in Valdespino’s portfolio. The end result is a wine that smells smoky and rich in caramelized flavor, but tastes dry to the bone; all those ripe flavors become the purest mineral impressions. A sense of chalky albariza soil floods the ...

Faustino Gonzáles Cruz Vieja Viña Roble Palo Cortado Jerez
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92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The NV Palo Cortado en Rama Cruz Vieja started its life with one year of biological aging under yeasts and then aged oxidatively in topped up barrels. It has a creamy note intermixed with the classical hazelnuts and a touch of caramel. The palate is certainly closer to an Amontillado than an Oloroso, with certain sharpness. I'm impressed. 1,000 bottles were filled in October 2014. (LG)" (04/2016) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Nervy in feel, with a streak of bitter almond lending spine while notes of toasted hazeln...

Jancis Robinson: "Really above the average of Montilla Moriles Fino. Delicate, refreshing, salty, marine with an elegant yeasty character. Vivid but with a nutty appeal with really marked ageing notes such as toast and biscuit. Great intensity and depth. Extremely fresh bottle - although I know Spaniards are at an advantage in terms of sherry freshness. (FC)" (03/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is the Saca de Primavera 2017 (spring 2017 bottling) of the NV Fino Eléctrico del Lagar. In line with previous bottlings, it keeps freshness without ...
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