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Lustau Dry Amontillado "Los Arcos" Sherry

Item # 56984 750mL
$15.96/ Single Bottle
$191.52 $172.37/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

This Sherry with a bright copper color has aromas and flavors of toasted almonds, salt, dates, and wood. It is beautifully balanced with a tangy acidity. Traditionally served before a meal with assorted salty appetizers and cheeses, this would also be wonderful dropped in a thick soup for added flavor.


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Pairing Advice

There is a dish served at Mercat, a delightful tapas bar on Bond Street right here in the East Village, that is smashing with richer styles of dry Sherry. The dish involves tender roasted chickpeas, Morcilla (a kind of Spanish blood sausage), dried apricots, and mint. After the chickpeas absorb the meaty flavor of Morcilla and the slight sweetness of apricot, they are superb with Sherry. If you have any doubts that Sherry could be more than just an apéritif, this combination proves otherwise.

Astor's Glossary of Terms

Spain

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Jerez

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Amontillado

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