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Lustau Solera Reserva Jarana Light Fino Sherry NV

External Review by Premium Wine & Spirits:

First reviewed in 1994 and rated Three Stars. Oyster/ecru/tarnished silver color; ideal clarity. Opening inhalations offer deep bread dough (rye), caraway seed, and black pepper notes that delight the senses immediately with their directness; further air contact sees the pepperiness diminish and the rye bread accelerate, also the seediness, meaning caraway and sesame. Entry is mineral dry and yeasty, but with more substance than many Finos; midpalate firm, salty dry, and peppery once again. Deserves a rating elevation to Four Stars. Head and shoulders above most other Finos in terms of core substance. Highly Recommended.

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Emilio Lustau:
Emilio Lustau S.A. was founded in 1896 by Don José Ruiz-Berdejo. It was a humble beginning: Don José, a secretary in the courts of justice, used to cultivate the vineyards at his estate “Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza”, where he stored and aged the wines and afterwards sold them to the larger exporting companies. He was in fact what is known as an “almacenista”. In 1940, his son-in-law Don Emi... Read more
Emilio Lustau S.A. was founded in 1896 by Don José Ruiz-Berdejo. It was a humble beginning: Don José, a secretary in the courts of justice, used to cultivate the vineyards at his estate “Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza”, where he stored and aged the wines and afterwards sold them to the larger exporting companies. He was in fact what is known as an “almacenista”. In 1940, his son-in-law Don Emilio Lustau Ortega moved the bodega to the Santiago district, in the old quarter of Jerez. There, in buildings which formed a part of the ancient Moorish city wall, he expanded the business gradually, still as an “almacenista”. During the seventies the company continued expanding. The first step was building new bodegas at the family estate “Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza”. Then, at the beginning of the eighties and under the management of Rafael Balao, Lustau became one of the most innovative companies in Jerez. Rafael Balao had the intuition that Lustau had to be at the forefront of quality. His ideas combined tradition and innovation and carved out the way for identifying Lustau with quality and prestige. The Lustau Solera Reserva range was created from the original Lustau stocks from its beginnings as an “almacenista”. These stocks were joined by a fine selection of Sherry wines from different “almacenistas”, consisting of very special wines from small independent wine-producers, to be offered to select clients. These Sherries represent some of the best wines of the area. In 1988 Lustau made a further step towards innovation introducing a new bottle design for its wines. Read less

External Reviews for Lustau Solera Reserva Jarana Light Fino Sherry

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/19/2013

First reviewed in 1994 and rated Three Stars. Oyster/ecru/tarnished silver color; ideal clarity. Opening inhalations offer deep bread dough (rye), caraway seed, and black pepper notes that delight the senses immediately with their directness; further air contact sees the pepperiness diminish and the rye bread accelerate, also the seediness, meaning caraway and sesame. Entry is mineral dry and yeasty, but with more substance than many Finos; midpalate firm, salty dry, and peppery once again. Deserves a rating elevation to Four Stars. Head and shoulders above most other Finos in terms of core substance. Highly Recommended.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

The brilliant quality of Emilio Lustau's sherries is indisputable. Sherry remains the world's most underappreciated and undervalued beverage, as the price for this beauty attests. The crisp, light-bodied, pungent, potent Light Fino Jarana is redolent of the smells and flavors of roasted nuts. It would be amazing with Japanese sushi or rich soups.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/14/2014

Clean, mineral, lime-laced nose… like great Chablis. Excellent finish of minerals and wood.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/14/2014

The brilliant quality of Emilio Lustau’s sherries is indisputable. Sherry remains the world’s most underappreciated and undervalued beverage, as the price for this beauty attests. The crisp, light-bodied, pungent, potent Light Fino Jarana is redolent of the smells and flavors of roasted nuts. It would be amazing with Japanese sushi or rich soups.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/14/2014

More yellow than Lustau’s manzanilla, Jarana is a lovely, proper fino with a nose of iodine, lemon blossom and popcorn. The palate is staunch and doesn’t back down; the high-toned nut and citrus flavors seem classic and elevated. And the finish is intense and frames everything in walnut oil and toast.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

More yellow than Lustau's manzanilla, Jarana is a lovely, proper fino with a nose of iodine, lemon blossom and popcorn. The palate is staunch and doesn't back down; the high-toned nut and citrus flavors seem classic and elevated. And the finish is intense and frames everything in walnut oil and toast.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

Warm cardamom and nutmeg accents add complexity to the grilled almond and apple flavors. The richness and intensity are underscored by crispness, and the flavors keep pumping through the long, tangy finish. Drink now.


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