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Lustau Light Manzanilla Papirusa Solera Reserva
Region: Sherry
Winery: Emilio Lustau
Grapes: 100% Palomino Fino
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Description: There's a rich intensity to the scent of this Manzanilla, like the aroma of a broth made of lobster shells. Then the taste is packed with powerful flavors, salt-crusted as the side of a lobster boat, bearing fresh clams and mussels as well. There's also a spicines that lasts, like the flavor of a fresh salted almond. Remarkably complex. Great with fresh nuts or a lobster bisque.


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The Wine Advocate 92 The non-vintage Light Manzanilla Papirusa Solera Reserva (with an average age of five years in this solera) possesses an extraordinary, penetrating nose of salty brined nuts intermixed with crisp fruit, terrific acidity and intense, powerful, authoritative flavors that are ethereal in their lightness. These are all remarkable efforts for their stunning value. While they are still under-the-radar for most American wine lovers, I encourage readers to give them a try as they are great introductory reference points for how profound sherry can be. I first wrote about the extraordinary sherries of Emilio Lustau many years ago, in the early days of The Wine Advocate. The portfolio of under $25 a bottle selections represents remarkable value for their complex, well-made personalities.
Decanter Magazine 91 SILVER MEDAL : Decanter World Wine Awards 2016
Heady and intoxicating, with aromas of high toned fruit cake, plump raisin, baked brown bread and caramel. Beautifully raisined fruit palate, rich with Demerara sugar, lusciously sweet with fabulous structure and texture.
Wine Spectator 90 Pure and focused, with lovely lemon pith, jicama, wet straw and fleur del sel notes gliding along seamlessly. Has a slightly creamy edge, offset by a saline twinge at the very end. Drink now. 4,000 cases made. (08/2016)