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Bodegas Yuste / Aurora

Conde de Aldama Amontillado

Price: $219.00 (average US retail)
Size: 500ml
Winery: Bodegas Yuste / Aurora
Highest Rating: 97pts ( Wine & Spirits Magazine)
Country: Spain
Region: Andalucía
Appellation: D.O. Jerez-Xérès-Sherry


A superb Amontillado upon breaking the seal in 1927, concentration and intensity have subsequently multiplied. Intensely perfumed and long, bracingly dry, quintessentially salty and mineral Sanlúcar Amontillado.

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Conde de Aldama Amontillado - "100 Best Wines of the Year."

97 Points
Wine & Spirits Magazine, Oct 1, 2017

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Conde de Aldama Amontillado - "Francisco Yuste bought an old Amontillado solera in 1927 that had been established in the Barrio Alto district of Sanlúcar de Barrameda in 1740. Today, the Yuste family believes that the average age of the wines in this solera is more than 100 years, making the wine one of the oldest marketed in all of Jerez. This Amontillado, blended from those casks, is a trip. First it evokes the seashore, with its flavors of salt, shells and iodine; then it reveals the lime and mushroom scents the wine developed as it matured under the veil of flor. With air, there are notes of walnuts, smoked almonds and spices. While the aromas are as delicate and nuanced as a perfume, in flavor, with its direction and strength, it is a bullet."

97 Points
Wine & Spirits Magazine, Jun 15, 2017

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Conde de Aldama Amontillado - "Rather bold, with a pronounced walnut-husk thread that cuts through the core of dried orange peel, almond and toasted sesame notes. The long finish is a rapier, with nearly searing acidity and a last whiff of green tea lending a flourish of enticing rusticity. Not for the uninitiated. Drink now. "

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

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Conde de Aldama Amontillado - "Appearance: Bright chestnut-mahogany with copper glints and a hint of green at the rim. Nose: Magnificently fragrant and complex, and its age is immediately apparent. There are notes of exotic woods like cedar and sandalwood then toasted nuts like almond and hazelnut along with faint notes of dried fruit like date and apricot and a faint trace of iodine. It is not powerful but rather extremely elegant and all the minute nuances are beautifully harmonised into an exotic bouquet. Palate: After a very refined start it opens out revealing intense flavour with lots of charm and a lightness of touch. Tannin is very low for such an old wine and it retains that salty bitterness so characteristic of Sanlúcar along a gentle acidity, a faint balancing hint of caramel and a slight rancio and tobacco note. It is crisp on the palate and very lively with incredible, almost interminable length. Wonderful. Comments: This beautiful and venerable old wine is one of the oldest Sherries around. It now has an average age of 100 years."

Paula MacLean, Jerez-Xérèz-Sherry, Feb 1, 2018

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Conde de Aldama Amontillado - "Gold and Trophy Winner"

London, International Wine Challenge, Jan 1, 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.

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History: 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.

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