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Bodegas Yuste / Aurora

Aurora Amontillado

Price: $21.00 (average US retail)
Size: 500ml
Winery: Bodegas Yuste / Aurora
Country: Spain
Region: Andalucía
Appellation: D.O. Jerez-Xérès-Sherry


An authentic Amontillado produced from fine Manzanilla, dry and deeply golden in color. Clearly reminiscent of its late Manzanilla stages with salt air on the nose. Aging has rounded the palate naturally, balanced and long with salt brine lingering throughout the impressively clean finish.

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Aurora Amontillado - "At first sip, this feels buttery, with aromas of toasted nuts and sweet spices. Little by little, the flavors head toward a drier place, the wine becoming less aromatic with air, but more structured. It ends up feeling austere, vertical, powerful, the sort of Sherry to drink with sea urchins."

92 Points
Wine & Spirits Magazine, Oct 1, 2017

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Aurora Amontillado - "This blossoms quickly in the glass, a light toffee note giving way to a dry-edged mix of singed almond, alder and walnut husk flavors, all backed by a bitter orange hint on the finish. Drink now. "

90 Points
James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, Jun 15, 2017

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Overview: Since 1991, Sanlúcar de Barrameda almacenista Francisco (Paco) Yuste has pursued the objective of producing Manzanilla up to its highest historic standards. Upon rescue and restoration of venerable, endangered soleras and bodegas in Sanlúcar’s emblematic Barrio Alto and Barrio Bajo districts, classic Manzanillas and Sherries are produced.

Latest News from Bodegas Yuste:

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Yuste Aurora Label Art:

Sanlúcar native Francisco (Paco) Yuste has sold Manzanilla his entire life, building a successful beverage distributorship in the provinces of Cádiz and Córdoba. In 1991 he purchased historic Bodega Santa Ana in Sanlúcar’s Barrio Bajo, including its centenerian solera, and began operation as an almacenista. In 2001 he added Bodega Los Ángeles in the Barrio Alto, restoring it to Manzanilla production and for refreshing his criaderas at Santa Ana. Bodega Miraflores, founded in 1956 by a group of growers in that famous Sanlúcar pago, was acquired in 2010 to serve as production base.

Yuste quality starts in the vineyard with the fabulous 46-hectare Viña La Alamedilla estate in the Jerez pago of Carrascal. Longterm sources in El Puerto de Santa María’s Balbaína and Sanlúcar’s Miraflores contribute in equal parts to combine freshness and minerality with ample body.

New wines arrive to Bodega Miraflores. Just 800 meters from the Guadalquivir estuary, Miraflores offers ideal conditions for sobretablas selection and the first stages of Manzanilla development. After five years, the manzanilla fina passes to Bodega Los Ángeles for aging as Aurora Manzanilla before entering the solera at Bodega Santa Ana in the Barrio Bajo where La Kika (Manzanilla Pasada en Rama, well over 10 years old: “The Pearl of Sanlúcar”) is bottled by hand from selected individual botas.

In 2015 Yuste’s acquisition of the classic Aurora brand provided impetus for export launch. This was followed in 2016 by purchase of Herederos de Argüeso with its famous Manzanilla, San León.

Yuste’s treasures include the 18th Century soleras of the Conde de Aldama, who preserved his prephylloxeric wines by encasing the botas in plaster, preventing their admixture with wines from grafted vines during approximately 50 years.

Exceedingly rare bottles of Conde de Aldama Amontillado and Palo Cortado are available.

Link to Conde de Aldama sales sheet:

Link to July 2016 Yuste Seminar Presentation:

Link to La Kika sales sheet:

Link to "The Lady & The Lion":

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