Lustau N.V. Solera Familiar Dry Oloroso Sherry Don Nuno, Jerez, Spain
Soft and rich, a classic DRY Oloroso sherry. Unlike fino sherries, olorosos age oxidatively, rather than biologically (under a veil of flor yeast). Lustau Oloroso Don Nuno is aged on the average 12 years. Aromas and flavors of dried fruit - apricots, apples - toffee, roasted nuts, espresso, and baking spices. Similar on the palate with bright acidity. Pair with poultry, truffle dishes, albondigas, rice dishes.
The history of Lustau starts in 1896, when it was founded by Don Jose Ruiz-Bodejo. He was what is known as an almacenista (basically a storekeeper). In other words, he grew some of his vines in his own vineyard, made then aged the wines or a period of time, and sold them to an exporter who further exported or commercialized them. After his death in 1930, the operation was moved to Jerez and expanded. It was Ruiz-Bodejo's son-in-law that established the Lustau Solera Reserva wines composed of old stocks of wines from different almacenistas.