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Bodegas 501 El Puerto de Santa Maria Zurbaran Cream

Bodegas 501 was founded in 1783 in El Puerto de Santa Maria. Their unusual and charming cream sherry — Zurbaran — does not date back that far, but no one seems to know how old it is! The solera had not been tapped for 20 years (and maybe more) before this wine was bottled and the results are fascinating. Aromas are rich and botanical, with halvah, ginseng, cocoa powder, fennel seed, pencil shavings, peanut skins, and cracker jacks. The sweet palate is not cloying like some cream sherries, but clear and bright: pretty fresh figs and chewy raisins, salty roasted peanuts, gentian root, milk chocolate, and more of those beguiling halvah and ginseng notes. This gets a rare rating of "Yummy!" and is highly recommended as a fresh alternative to port for cheese plates, desserts, or simply for drinking in repose. Ariana Rolich

  • white flor
  • 5 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white flor fortified
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $84.99

  • white fortified medium-sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $114.99

Fernando de Castilla NV Jerez Antique Oloroso 500ml

The sherries of Rey Fernando de Castilla are unlike any others. Despite a strong family resemblance among the various bottlings exemplified by elegant herbal depth, precise structure, and intense yet beautifully integrated acidity, each sherry is utterly unique. The 20+-year-old Antique Oloroso is enticing and memorable for its vibrant, velvety texture and seamlessly integrated notes of burnt toast, bitter nut skins, savory cocoa, dark spicy cinnamon, clove, mace, Guiness Beer, warm citrus zest, earthy marigolds, and the longest finish going on the sherry shelf. -AR 

  • white flor fortified
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $43.99

Gonzales Byass NV Jerez Cuatro Palmas Amontillado 500ml

A mere 500 bottles of Cuatro Palmas was pulled from the third cask of a tiny six-cask amontillado solera with 51 years of age. Impossible to describe with adequate reverence or detail, this is a sherry of astonishing freshness and integration at an advanced age. Intense and oxidative aromas of spicy cedar, exotic spice,  bitter herbs, smoked salt, and dried flowers; the palate is deeply savory and saline, with dried figs and herbs, fermenting wild berries, burnt earth, bitter bark, rancio, and brine, with sparks of tense acidity (the result of steady evaporation over decades). Cuatro Palmas is remarkable and rare, a wine to be shared and savored. Ariana Rolich

  • white flor fortified
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $109.99

  • white flor fortified
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

Gonzalez Byass NV Jerez Tres Palmas Fino 500ml

Gonzalez Byass' Palmas series is an exploration of the most extreme and elegant expressions of the soleras that feed Tio Pepe - arguably the world's most consistent, classic, and popular fino sherry. Tres Palmas 2015 is a selection of a single cask in a ten year-old (average) solera, which stood out as the only cask among 150 where a small amount of flor had survived. A dramatic and drop-dead delicious pairing for rich smoked fishes, duck, and roes, Tres Palmas exhibits immense complexity from spicy aromas hinting at cinnamon oil and bark, to the intensely savory, shape-shifting, palate that showcases autolytic flavors and textures, umami and rancio, as Gonzalez Byass puts it: "the limit between life and death, the agony of the flor." Ariana Rolich

  • white flor fortified
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $79.99

  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $64.99

Grant, Bodegas NV El Puerto de Santa Maria Amontillado La Garrocha 375ml

I visited Bodegas Grant this past March, and I was struck with the accessibility of the sherries here. This bodega is located in the center of town in El Puerto de Santa Maria. Attached to the bodega is a fabulous bar to quaff these delicious sherries. The Amontillado is soft, floral, and gently spicy. The aging process is not especially lengthy with this wine; which makes it somewhat fruitier and appealing. This is a sherry to drink! — cb

  • white flor fortified
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $15.99

  • white flor fortified
  • 12 in stock
  • $26.99

  • white flor fortified
  • 16 in stock
  • no discount
  • $20.99

  • white fortified
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $119.99

La Cigarrera NV San Lucar de Barrameda Manzanilla 375ml

A beautiful small bodega/almacenista and tavern in the barrio bajo section of San Lucar de Barrameda. This solera has 8 criaderas which results in a wine with a real edge to its very saline and crunchy herbal flavors. A favorite at the shop and an astounding pairing with boquerones. cb

  • white flor fortified
  • 10 in stock
  • $11.99

  • white fortified
  • 1 in stock
  • $499.99

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $89.99