Boston Wine Expo 2000

Lustau Tasting Notes


Lustau Light Manzanilla Solera Reserva "Papirusa" NV -- Light yellow color. Very expressive, sharply defined aromas of nuts and a slight hint of the ocean. Very light in the mouth and absolutely dry, with walnuts, hay, and a slightly salty aftertaste. It apears that the wine could use a little more acidity, but this was served too warm and the acidity may be more apparent at cooler temperatures.
B

Lustau Puerto Fino NV -- Slightly darker yellow than the Manzanilla, but still quite light and bone dry. The nose is shy at first, particularly in comparison to the Manzanilla, but later perks up with some nutty and herbal notes. Tangy in the mouth, with some citrus flavors and a hint of dustiness added to the nuts. A long finish with good acidity firming up the walnut and lemon flavors.
B

Lustau Dry Amontillado "San Bartholome" NV -- This is part of the "Grand Reserva Series." Copper colored, with a smooth nose of walnuts, caramel and coffee. Much rounder thant the Fino or Manzanilla, with generous coffee and walnut flavors layered on top of a little citrus fruit. Long, satisfying finish, with more of the same flavors.
B+

Lustau Dry Amontillado Solera Reserva "Los Arcos" NV -- Light copper color. Unyielding nose, with only alcohol coming through. Not much on the palate, either. Even though this is labeled "dry," it seems very slightly sweet, with some nutty flavors, and a little fruit on the finish. I've had this wine several times before, and it has always shown much better. A bad bottle?
B-?

Lustau Florido Amontillado (Almacenista) NV -- Light copper color, with a bit of a haze. Incisive aromas, with piercing notes of walnut and smooth roasted coffee. Light and elegant in the mouth, but deceptively powerful, with more nut and coffee flavors leading to a long, satisfying finish.
A-

Lustau Palo Cortado Solera Reserva "Peninsula" NV -- Clear, bright copper color. Coffee, nut and toast aromas spring up out of the glass. The nose hints at a slight sweetness, and seems rounder and less sharp than the wines listed above. Full and rich flavors of coffee, toffee and even a hint of primary fruit. Finishes well, but with less acidity than I might have expected.
B+

Lustau Oloroso "Emperatriz Eugenia" NV -- Dark copper color, verging on brown. Sweet toffee aroma, with a small whiff of ethyl acetate. Any minor misgivings about the volatile nose disappear when you taste this wine, though. Luxuriously smooth and rich mouthfeel, with intense nut, toffee and coffee flavors. The underlying acidity comes out on the finish, keeping everything in line.
B+

Lustau East India Solera Reserva NV -- This is a Cream Sherry, made with 28% Pedro Ximinez for sweetness. This wine has a dark brownish color, with aromas of toffee, cocoa, nuts and coffee. Definitely sweet, with flavors of raisins added to the toffee, coffee and nuts. Very long, intense aftertaste of more raisins, coffee and nuts. Not as oxidized as I might have expected, very powerful and well-balanced. One of the world's greatest values in sweet fortified wine.
A-

Lustau Muscat Superior Solera Reserva "Emilin" NV -- A rich, thick unctuous wine. You can't drink too much of this at one time, as it's just too powerful and syrupy. However, a little makes a great dessert. Dark brown color. Great aromas, mixing the Sherry aromas of toffee, coffee and toast with the floral orange-blossom notes of Muscat and a bit of spice-cake. Very thick and sweet in the mouth. Intense caramel, toffee, spice and orange peel flavors lead to a long, rich finish. Just barely enough acidity to keep from being cloying. Another great value in sweet fortified wine.
A-


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