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El Maestro Sierra 12 Year Amontillado Sherry

El Maestro Sierra
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375 mL
Wine Type
White Fortified Wine
RegionAndalucia
Alcohol Level
Country
Spain
SubregionJerez-Xérès-Sherry
Drinking Window
GrapesPalomino
Wine Description:
This 12-year oak-matured superior amontillado sherry boasts a very dry profile with gentle fruity, oak, and raisin notes. It is a high-quality, fresh, smooth, and full-bodied sherry. Produced through a unique process blending biological aging under flor yeast with oxidative aging, it acquires a distinct character. The initial 6 years develop pungent dryness, followed by fortification to 17% alcohol, initiating a decade-long oxidative aging. This double process yields complex and intriguing amontillados, noted for their elegant, subtle, amber appearance. Ideal pairings include smoked fish salads, mushrooms, red fruits, mature cheeses, and white meat or fish in oil.
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  • Rich and complex flavor profile
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Cons:
  • May be too dry for those who prefer sweeter wines
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3.7
Most Reviewed

Expert Rating:

4.0

Wine Expert Note:

El Maestro Sierra 12 Year Amontillado Sherry is a remarkable fortified wine that showcases the expertise and craftsmanship of the renowned El Maestro Sierra winery. This particular sherry has been aged for 12 years, resulting in a complex and nuanced flavor profile. On the nose, this Amontillado Sherry offers enticing aromas of toasted almonds, dried fruits, and a hint of caramel. These aromas are further complemented by subtle notes of oak and a delicate floral undertone. The palate is equally impressive, with a rich and velvety texture that coats the mouth. Flavors of roasted nuts, dried figs, and orange peel take center stage, accompanied by a gentle sweetness that is perfectly balanced by a refreshing acidity. The long and lingering finish leaves a pleasant nutty aftertaste, inviting you to savor every sip. El Maestro Sierra 12 Year Amontillado Sherry is a versatile wine that can be enjoyed on its own as an aperitif or paired with a variety of dishes. Its nutty and savory characteristics make it an excellent companion to cured meats, aged cheeses, and even roasted poultry or game.
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