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And finally there is dry sherry. Here’s a wine that takes some getting used. High in alcohol, at between 15% and 20%, dry, oxidized, light and high in acid. Sherry is a puzzling wine to many, which has tended to keep the prices for even the finest examples quite reasonably low. In the right moments, and with the right food they can be terrific wines, if you enjoy their general flavor profiles. Geeks, lovers of the weird and obscure, have flocked to sherry over the past few years or so, though many of course have been fans for much longer. The fact that an open bottle of sherry can be kept for extended periods of time have allowed sommeliers to add sherry by the glass to their wine lists, introducing the wines to legion of consumers who might otherwise have limited exposure to the wine, and then with only the classical food pairings of nuts, cheese and some soups. The subtle complexity and high acid of sherry allows they to be paired with so many interesting dishes, particularly those high in umami such as mushrooms and my favorite; cured ham!
Lustau is the bodega most responsible for the availability of myriad styles of Sherry in the US market. About a decade about they began to introduce obscure and limited bottlings to the market and their timing was perfect. Today they remain a benchmark bottler. Their Amontillado Escuadrilla is a lovely introduction to the genre, salty and bright on the palate with subtle undertones of smoke, green walnuts and a touch of dried fig and burnt orange rind adding complexity.