Lustau, Almacenista Manuel Cuevas Jurado Manzanilla Pasada de Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain
Tasting Note: Most manzanillas you drink are adolescents compared to this full-grown, full-throttle manzanilla that presents a sensory-rich tasting experience.
Medium-intensity lemon in color, this wine has an aromatic, medium-plus-intensity nose of bread dough, brioche, Spanish apple cider, quince and walnut.
On the palate the dry, full-bodied manzanilla has yeasty, medium-plus-intensity flavors suggested on the nose along with light salinity notes that are the wine’s signature calling card.
The wine is balanced with a long, complex midpalate and alluring notes of development that sustain the wine through to a long, walnut-infused finish.
I bought this manzanilla at the Mercado de Triana in Seville, Spain, and wish I had more suitcase space to bring more home.
Bottle Note: The word “almacenista” in Spanish means literally storekeeper or stockholder. Traditionally the “almacenistas” have matured the finest sherries to supply the Sherry shippers. However, Lustau selects a small range of these authentic wines that are offered absolutely unblended, thus preserving their glory. Quantities are understandably, very limited.
Price: $29 (I paid 15 Euro)
Tasting Date: May 5, 2020