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Callejuela, Amontillado "La Casilla" Sherry
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Callejuela, Amontillado "La Casilla" Sherry

Item # 39412 500mL
$69.99/ Single Bottle
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José “Pepe” Blanco and his brother Francisco “Paco” Blanco started the Callejuela winery with their father and “dos botas viejas” in 1980 within the family home where their offices still remain. This Amontillado spends seven years in the solera system under flor. After barrel selection it is moved to barrels to age oxidized for 18 years.


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Staff Pick Notes

Some people have a sweet tooth that they’ll gorge on sugary confections to satisfy. While there are those of us with more developed canines that tear through meats and cheeses. For those of you who fall under the latter, this sherry is for you. This sherry is aged in a solera system for seven years. After which it is racked into barrels and oxidized for another eighteen. The result is something very special: Burnt sugars, salted citrus, roasted cashews, smoked almonds, and oily cured meat. Savory flavors sate our hunger on the deepest level. It’s one of the many reasons I drink sherry and why you should too.

- SD

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