Monday, 2 June 2014

Rare Amontillado Escuadrilla 18.5%, Lustau

Mid to deep amber fading to a trace of green at rim, legs.
Fragrant with lots of hazelnut and turron con huevo tostado notes, almond cake and flan (creme caramel), so sounds quite sweet, and there is a distinct sweetness there, along with hints of aromatic Dutch tobacco, and few if any wood notes. Really elegant yet has some weight.
Rich and fairly sweet on entry, but that sweetness had us fooled; it is really just glycerol - and a fair bit of it for an Amontillado. Actually it is dry and verging on crisp, as it should be with very little residual sugar (3g/l) and total acidity of 5.85 g/l. There is also a hint of tannin, so the wood actually is represented, and balances out that implied sweetness. Good length.
A finely crafted wine with considerable charm, aged about 12 years, winner of an IWSC Gold and 94 Parker points.
I paid 17,75 in Spain, and it is somewhere between £15 and 20 in the UK. Importers are Fields Morris & Verdin.

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