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In a nutshell: Dark, rich and dry Oloroso from Lustau's Solera Reserva range of sherries.
The lowdown: A dry Oloroso this is not sweetened before bottling and has been aged for 12 years in Lustau's Bodega La Campana in Jerez. It has a dark bronze colour, something of a pungent nuttiness and a hint of smokiness, while on the palate the walnut and chestnut flavours are bound together by a dark chocolate character which gives it an intriguing intensity. The clean acidity gives it the right balance and lightness in the mouth.
When to drink: Serve it just slighty chilled and it makes a good partner to mature cheeses.
Established in 1896 Lustau's origins were quite modest. Initially they made wines which were sold to larger producers rather than under their own label. It wasn't untit the 1940s with the company in the hands of the founder's son-in-law Emilio Lustau Ortega that they started to market their own bottlings. The following decades saw the company begin its steady expansion.
Fasting forward to the 1980s their reputation was growing along with their range of wines. And it was during this period that they introduced their, now well known, Alamcenista range where they bottle and market carefully selected sherrys from small independent small independent producers called Almcenistas.
In the 1990s they were acquired by Grupo Caballlero which allowed further investment and development of the business. Shortly after this they moved to their current base in the the centre of Jerez a group of historic 19th century buildings where the bulk of their wines are now aged and bottled.