Saturday, December 10, 2011


It's a hard choice as the whether sparkling wine or sherry is the best bargain in the market at the present.  This wine certainly makes a case for sherry.

The wine is a Lustau Solera Reserva  Dry Amontillado "Los Arcos."  The name is a mouthful and so is the wine.  Golden brown color and a wonderful aroma of toasted nuts, a bit of spice, and a dry, clean breeze.  Lots of dried fruit flavors in the taste but the overwhelming impression is of walnuts, almonds, caramel, and light touches of iodine.    Long finish that despite the use of the word "dry" finishes with just a hint of sweetness. 

There were remnants of a Stilton cheese and it went well with that, but it went better with a handful of toasted walnuts.  Experimenting a little farther we tried it with a few Picholine olives and that was another success.  However, I think we reached the summit with a cheap can of smoked almonds.  That was a flavor sensation I could repeat daily.  Really good stuff.

20% alcohol and $19.  An absolute steal at that price.

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