Gran Duque d'Alba Solera Gran Reserva Brandy de Jerez
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Gran Duque d'Alba Solera Gran Reserva Brandy de Jerez

Item # 05594 750mL

Gran Duque is the boldest of Spain's great Brandies de Jerez. It possesses all of the richness and smoothness you'd expect from a Gran Reserva, but also has a powerfully spicy side that puts it in a class by itself.

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$293.76/ Case of 6
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I absolutely adore Spanish Brandy and this one is a real gem ! Coming from the UK I was lucky enough and near enough to spend many a vacation traveling around Spain. This became my favorite after meal tipple! So how excited was I to see it on the shelves of Astor? It's extraordinary characteristics are the result of careful selection of all the raw materials used. Then distilled using the Solera method and at least three years in Oloroso sherry casks. The nose is a heavenly blend of toffee, ripe fruit and a hint of coffee. The palate opens up to a delicious array of candied fruit, raisin, caramel and vanilla pod. Sounds amazing doesn't it! Enjoy.

- SW



Central to the Spanish winemaking philosophy is the belief that wine should be released only when it is ready to be consumed, and not a moment before. Spanish wine law focuses squarely on this issue: the terms Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are highly regulated indicators of the amount of time a wine has aged prior to its release. In Rioja, Navarra, and the Ribera del Duero (which have the most stringent requirements) red Crianzas must be aged a minimum of two years; Reservas, at least three...

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The real magic in the production of Sherry happens in what's called the solera system - an innovative method of fractional blending in which younger wine is blended with older wine to ensure a consistent product from year to year. The younger wine serves to refresh and awaken the older wine, while the older wine enhances the depth and quality of the younger wine. Thus, with the exception of a handful of single barrels pulled from the solera, there really is no "vintage Sherry": any date...

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