Deborah Ackerman wrote: Sue Courtney wrote:
Deborah Ackerman wrote:
The appearance of this sherry in my crystal held before candlelight dazzled me with the depth and allure of an enormous, precious topaz; a shimmering pool of Jurassic amber.
Well done Deborah! I, like you, am mesmerized by the colour of wine and do like to compare with gemstones.
I love Sherry too - a very misunderstood variety in today's world of wine.
__________________Thank you so much for the feminine feedback, Sue! I do believe we women have a deep affection for "precious" everything and gems are high on my list as well If you have not already enjoyed this particular sherry, Sue, you must try it! I'm still attempting to completely uncover its mysteries, but am having a fabulous time in my pursuit! Do you have a particular sherry recommendation that you would care to share with me? I would love to know what another female sherry aficionado enjoys! Thank you!
Last week I had the good fortune to try some of the Lustau Sherries and I think you would enjoy them too.
There was the Lustau Paparusa Manzanilla
- a light, very dry style that was crisp fresh and appetizing and just gorgeous when accompanied with green olives and almonds.
Then the Lustau Escuadrilla Rare Amontillado
- beautiful clear amber in colour and the fragrance a big step up on the Manzanilla. Rich, honeyed and nutty - never fruity, always savoury, dry to the taste with hazelnut and caramel and that ever present Flor yeast character. Beautiful wine.
Then Lustau Almacenista Amontillado del Puerto 1/10 Obregon
- again light amber, delicately honeyed on the nose - honeyed nuts - such fascinating intricacies. It's dry and fine in texture with beautiful flow and a yeasty richness becoming more powerful and spicy as the aftertaste lingers.
Then a Lustau Dry Oloroso Don Nuno
. Now the colour has changed to dark amber and the aromas - well you can just sniff it and cradle it and take a small sip from time to time because the flavours last for so long in the mouth. It's dry with a delicious salty character yet it has a sweet grapey richness with orange peel, hints of liquorice, chocolate, mellow spicy oak and a long, nutty, savoury aftertaste.
There were a few sweeter Sherries as well, but I think the real essence of Spain's Sherry is in the dry styles. The sweeter muscatty styles could have come from Australia (she says, ducking).
And most of the above (except the Amontillado del Puerto) are now available in a 375ml size, which is fabulous for sherry lovers.