El Maestro Sierra, Amontillado 12 Años Sherry

Half-Bottle of El Maestro Sierra, Amontillado 12 Años Sherry

Item # 27972 375mL
$31.99/ Single Bottle
$383.88 $345.49/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

Salty almonds dominate the aromas on this 12-year-old Amontillado. Dry, with clean beach sand, green, raw almonds, and hints of maple, the supple framework of this Sherry deserves to be shared over heated political conversations with friends.


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