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Staff Pick

Callejuela, Oloroso "El Cerro" Sherry

Item # 39413 500mL
$69.99/ Single Bottle
$419.94 $377.95/ Case of 6
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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 intensely flavored Olorosso spends 25 years in the solera from barrels racked high in the cellar where the flor does not form.


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Staff Pick Notes

Do you dream of the dried fruit and nut selection at Sahadi's or Kalustyan's? I know that I certainly do. If the dark, rich, intensely concentrated flavors of dried rhubarb, roasted cashews, mulberries, raisins, sour cherries, etc. all make you instantly salivate then I think you may have possibly be enthralled with Callejuela's El Cerro Oloroso.Twenty five years of oxidative aging beget exotic flavors that meld together with such intensity and strength that it is hard not be moved physically and emotionally by this incredible wine. A wine to pair with similarly complex cheeses, fragrant dishes with soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, dried fruit and funk. Thai and Hunanese cusine would make a splendid partner at the table with this opulent sherry.

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