Lustau Oloroso Emperatriz Eugenia Very Rare Solera Gran Reserva, Jerez (750ml)

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Country: Spain
Region: Jerez
Grape Varietal: Sherry
Review Score: 93WE, 93W&S, 92WA, 92WS
Alcohol By Volume: 20.0%

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Fans of fine Sherry are the target market for this excellent, ethereal oloroso. The nose is clean and mild, with citrus, nuts and flower blossom. There’s nothing pushy or heavy about it; in fact, it’s so refined and layered that you don’t notice anything but the wine’s lovely buttery notes, toffee and coffee. Very demure and pure.

93 points, Wine Enthusiast (Feb 2009)

With the calm pace of a jerezano waking up from a siesta on an August afternoon, this Oloroso gradually begins to reveal its flavors in scents of caramel and smoke. It's sweet through the middle, with firm acidity accompanying rather than interrupting that sweetness. But in the end, the salinity and briny shellfish scents take over, leaving a dry and juicy taste that invites another glass…and another.

93 points, Wine & Spirits (Jun 2011)

The NV Emperatriz Eugenia Very Rare Oloroso is produced from Palomino from a solera created in 1921 to celebrate the visit of French Empress Eugenia de Montijo. It reveals an old wine, brown-colored, with a nose of noble woods, hazelnuts and varnish, a medium- to full-bodied palate, round, glycerin-rich and ample, ending dry and a bit warm. Drink 2013-2016.

92 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue # 208 - Aug 2013)

Has a smoky edge, with singed sandalwood and forest floor hints melded with bitter chocolate, powdered ginger, buckwheat and toffee notes. The long finish shows lovely cut and persistence. Drink now.

92 points, Wine Spectator (Insider: Jun 4, 2014)