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EMILIO LUSTAU S.A. (Lustau Solera Familiar) - Press reviews


    • Wine & Spirits

      jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, FINO "JARANA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine & Spirits (2015): 92

      A classic Fino, this is precise in its structure and completely dry. With its mineral notes of iodine and salt, light hints of nuts and green olives and refreshing acidity, it’s almost addictive, especially if you have prawns sautéed in garlic and herbs on hand.

    • Wine & Spirits

      jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, FINO "PUERTO FINO", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine & Spirits (2015): 93

      Almost as creamy and refreshing as a Manzanilla, this Fino is focused on mineral notes and vibrant acidity, which refresh the white fruit flavors. A young Fino with five years of aging under flor in El Puerto de Santa María, this has enough structure and firm acidity to evolve in bottle for a year or two, an unusual distinction for this style of Sherry, which is normally designed to be enjoyed on release.

    • The Wine Advocate

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, FINO DE JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA "EN RAMA"
      The Wine Advocate (2015): 89

      The NV 3 en Rama Fino de Jerez is bottled unfiltered. It has a very subtle nose, with faint aromas of esparto grass, slightly balsamic, with notes of earth and brine. The palate is more expressive, with pungent, penetrating flavors of bitter almonds and a mineral, saline feeling. I like it much better in the palate than the nose. This could develop in bottle. 2,000 bottles. Despite being one of the most popular names in foreign markets, Lustau is a relatively small Sherry produced, with 350,000 bottles per year. They are bottling small lots of unfiltered, biologically aged wines from the three allowed villages, Jerez, El Puerto de Santa María and Sanlúcar de Barrameda, which make for an interesting comparison. I tasted the Autumn 2014 bottling, but I did not see the final labels, I hope they do have the bottling date very clear on them. Drink 2014 - 2018

    • Wine & Spirits

      jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, FINO DE JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA "EN RAMA"
      Wine & Spirits (2015): 92

      A gentle and elegant approach to Fino, this new saca (bottling) from Lustau is lightly filtered, allowing the fruit flavors and mineral notes to show clearly. It is intense, rich in acidity while holding elegant and firm. Perfect for ventresca de atún (tuna belly).

    • The Wine Advocate

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, FINO DEL PUERTO DE SANTA MARIA "EN RAMA"
      The Wine Advocate (2015): 90

      My favorite from the three unfiltered Finos, the NV 3 en Rama Fino del Puerto is aged in El Puerto de Santamaría and like all the 3 en Rama range is bottled unfiltered and un-fined, with a deep, slightly cloudy golden color and a powerful, pungent nose of brine, iodine and a zesty palate with penetrating flavors of hay, straw and olives. It has good stuffing. 2,000 bottles produced. Despite being one of the most popular names in foreign markets, Lustau is a relatively small Sherry produced, with 350,000 bottles per year. They are bottling small lots of unfiltered, biologically aged wines from the three allowed villages, Jerez, El Puerto de Santa María and Sanlúcar de Barrameda, which make for an interesting comparison. I tasted the Autumn 2014 bottling, but I did not see the final labels, I hope they do have the bottling date very clear on them. Drink 2014 - 2018

    • Wine & Spirits

      jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, LIGHT MANZANILLA "PAPIRUSA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine & Spirits (2015): 92

      Compared to Finos, Manzanillas tend to be lighter and fresher. They age in an area with higher humidity, which allows the flor to grow thicker, preventing oxidation and retaining the wine’s bright aromas and flavors. Papirusa is one of the clearest examples of this style. Blended from five- to six-year-old wines, it’s light and soft, full of saline mineral flavors, notes of salted nuts and marzipan. It’s intense but never tiring, especially if you have albondigas de bacalao (cod fritters) to accompany it.

    • The Wine Advocate

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, MANZANILLA DE SANLUCAR DE BARRAMEDA "EN RAMA"
      The Wine Advocate (2015): 87

      The NV 3 en Rama Manzanilla de Sanlúcar is a little cloudy with a bright golden color. It has a nose of green apples and almonds that denotes certain youth and a medium Manzanilla without sweetness in the palate. It is overall dry and sharp, with a slight bitter flavor. 2,000 bottles. Despite being one of the most popular names in foreign markets, Lustau is a relatively small Sherry produced, with 350,000 bottles per year. They are bottling small lots of unfiltered, biologically aged wines from the three allowed villages, Jerez, El Puerto de Santa María and Sanlúcar de Barrameda, which make for an interesting comparison. I tasted the Autumn 2014 bottling, but I did not see the final labels, I hope they do have the bottling date very clear on them. Drink 2014 - 2016

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, DRY AMONTILLADO "LOS ARCOS", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine Spectator (2014): 91 points

      The walnut, date, cinnamon and dried blood orange notes are backed by a long finish that lets a singed balsa wood hint hang on. Has an echo of sweetness but remains rather dry in feel. Drink now. —J.M.

    • The Wine Advocate

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, DRY AMONTILLADO "LOS ARCOS", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      The Wine Advocate (2012): 93

      The non-vintage Dry Amontillado Los Arcos Solera Reserva reveals a medium amber hue along with a nutty, honeyed, dry personality with great acid. These are all remarkable efforts for their stunning value. While they are still under-the-radar for most American wine lovers, I encourage readers to give them a try as they are great introductory reference points for how profound sherry can be. I first wrote about the extraordinary sherries of Emilio Lustau many years ago, in the early days of The Wine Advocate. The portfolio of under $25 a bottle selections represents remarkable value for their complex, well-made personalities.

    • Wine & Spirits

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, DRY AMONTILLADO "LOS ARCOS", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine & Spirits (2009): 90 points

      Reticent aromas of almonds and limestone give way to this wine's generous flavors of green apple and a subtle touch of orange zest. It's all shaped by spritzy, mouthwatering acidity.

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, DRY AMONTILLADO "LOS ARCOS", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine Spectator (2006): 89 points

      Round style, yet not without good bite underneath. Boasts caramel, bitter cocoa and iodine notes, picking up roasted nut on the lingering finish. Drink now.

    • The Wine Advocate

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, DRY AMONTILLADO "LOS ARCOS", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      The Wine Advocate (2005): 90 points : Outstanding

      The dry, medium amber-hued non-vintage Dry Amontillado Los Arcos offers good body as well as a heady personality.

    • Wine & Spirits

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, DRY AMONTILLADO "LOS ARCOS", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine & Spirits (2001): 89 Points

      A classic dark Amontillado for soup or marrow on toast, this wine tastes of roasted bones, of tangerine and almond oil, of fresher fruit, like the flesh of a pear. The dark, unctuous character parallels Madeira, but it's both fresher and more pleasingly bitter in a Sherry sense.

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, DRY AMONTILLADO "LOS ARCOS", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine Spectator (2000): 90 points : Outstanding

      A terrific combination of freshness from the walnut and iodine notes and the caramel-molasses component derived from oxidation, making this vibrant Amontillado a winner. Delicious nut and molasses aftertaste. Drink now.

    • Decanter Magazine (England)

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, DRY AMONTILLADO "LOS ARCOS", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Decanter Magazine (England) (1998): Highly Recommended.

      "No doubt about it, wine #1, Lustau's Los Arcos Dry Amontillado, an amber coloured, rich, tangy, bone dry but assertive wine, would stand up to any oriental dish, no matter how exotic." (Michael Broadbent)

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, DRY AMONTILLADO "LOS ARCOS", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine Magazine (1998): 87 Points; Very Good; Recommended.

      Alex described this Amontillado as a tawny-amber colour, with a pungent nose and a complex, nutty palate, which initially is soft but finishes with a kick of salt. This is very good!' Nicola agreed : This has lots of nutty, spicy characteristics and full weight. A very long wine.'

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, DRY AMONTILLADO "LOS ARCOS", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Robin Garr's Wine Lover's Page (1998):

      Clear, bright amber. Heady walnuts and pecans in the aroma, leading to full-bodied and dry flavors of mixed nuts backed by bright, lemony acidity. A delightful aperitif and a great value. (Robin Garr)

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, DRY AMONTILLADO "LOS ARCOS", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Spanish Wine Page (1998):

      Lustau's sherries have won high praise from critics and wine lovers in recent years, and after trying their Reserva Los Arcos', it's easy to see why. Amontillados, subject to aging under flor' and long barrel aging, boast rich complexity and a unique taste. Dry and nutty, this is a great before dinner cocktail alternative. Eye catching tawny-gold color with coppery tints. Penetrating, nutty aromas with some antique

      furniture' hints as well. Great hazelnut palate with old oak and a pleasant finish showing just a touch of fruit-based sweetness. A minimum of heat' despite a muscular 18.5% alcohol level. Excellent wine; great value. (Jens Riis)

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, DRY OLOROSO "DON NUNO", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine Spectator (2014): 91 points

      This has a succulent edge, with date and ganache hints weaving around dry notes of walnut, buckwheat and poppy seed. The long, smoky finish lets the walnut edge play out, ending on the drier side of the spectrum. Drink now.—J.M.

    • The Wine Advocate

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, DRY OLOROSO "DON NUNO", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      The Wine Advocate (2012): 94

      If you are looking for a dry sherry made in a slightly more oxidized style, the non-vintage Dry Oloroso Don Nuno Solera Reserva is your choice. Again, a nuttiness (in this case, walnuts) intermixed with a hint of Chinese black tea combine with salty, caramelized flavors make for a delicious glass of sherry. These are all remarkable efforts for their stunning value. While they are still under-the-radar for most American wine lovers, I encourage readers to give them a try as they are great introductory reference points for how profound sherry can be. I first wrote about the extraordinary sherries of Emilio Lustau many years ago, in the early days of The Wine Advocate. The portfolio of under $25 a bottle selections represents remarkable value for their complex, well-made personalities.

    • Wine & Spirits

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, DRY OLOROSO "DON NUNO", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine & Spirits (2011): 91 points

      A range of salty mineral flavors melds with dried fruit notes and hints of caramel in this Oloroso, a wine of poise and delicacy that transforms its tough structure and marked acidity into silken grace. Aged for 12 years in botas. Perfect for sea ur­chin sashimi.

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, DRY OLOROSO "DON NUNO", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine Spectator (2006): 87 points

      This off-dry Oloroso delivers coffee and caramel flavors, with accents of soy and iodine. Well-balanced, with a lingering note of burnt molasses. Drink now.

    • Wine & Spirits

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, DRY OLOROSO "DON NUNO", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine & Spirits (2001): 91 Points

      The name says dry, and the wine follows through, gripping its soft, sweet fruit in fiery smoke so that even the butterscotch finish tastes taut and dry. There's a peach and pear freshness to the fruit, that, along with the potent nuttiness, makes it fascinating to pair with food. Try it with a Cantonese-style whole fish, grilled and drizzled with ginger, scallion and sesame oil.

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, DRY OLOROSO "DON NUNO", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      The Boston Globe (1998):

      Don Nuno's ripe, date-like color and aroma suggest sweetness, but the complex flavors here--bitter walnut? chestnut?--are bracingly dry. An able escort for rich, creamy dishes, it also stars as a restorative, end-of-meal digestif. Minutes-long on the palate. No so-so Oloroso! (Stephen Meuse)

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, DRY OLOROSO "DON NUNO", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine Investor American Way (1998): * * * (Three stars, of four possible)

      "Clear dark bronze. Deep, rich, stone fruits and walnuts--a classic but intensified Sherry aroma. Full, dry, stone fruit flavors with a lemony grip' rather startling in that the nose suggests a sweeter wine. Excellent mixed-nut flavors persist through a very long finish.

    • Wine & Spirits

      jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, FINO DEL PUERTO DE SANTA MARIA "EN RAMA"
      Wine & Spirits (2014): 91

      This comes from the cellars of El Puerto de Santa María facing the Bay of Cadiz, a selection of two botas out of a total of 347. With minimal filtration, it’s darker than most Fino. It feels linear, austere and refreshing, the brisk acidity and mineral saltiness propelling the notes of earth, iodine and hints of dried fruit. § Europvin USA, Van Nuys, CA

    • Wine & Spirits

      jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, MANZANILLA DE SANLUCAR DE BARRAMEDA "EN RAMA"
      Wine & Spirits (2014): 94

      Manuel Lozano and his team selected two botas (Sherry butts) for this Manzanilla from Lustau’s riverside cellars in Sanlúcar de Barrameda. They bottled it en rama with minimal filtration, only to remove the solids from the wine preserving the intensity of color and flavor, though the wine needs to be consumed within a few months of bottling. It’s a vigorous Manzanilla, intense in acidity, with salty freshness melting into deep flavors of white fruit and nuts. It’s the kind of full-bodied Manzanilla you might order with salmonete (red mullet) at Casa Bigote, one of the best restaurants in Sanlúcar. § Europvin USA, Van Nuys, CA.

    • Wine & Spirits

      jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, MOSCATEL "EMILIN", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine & Spirits (2014): 92

      Grown in Las Cruces, a vineyard in Chipiona, this is dense and sweet, concentrated in its flavors of figs and nuts. Intensely creamy, it has a gentle, shy acidity that brings a breath of freshness on the finish. § Europvin USA, Van Nuys, CA

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, PALO CORTADO "PENINSULA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine Spectator (2014): 90 points

      Inviting, with pecan, bitter singed almond and cardamom notes, backed by singed cedar, black walnut and cocoa powder accents. The open, friendly finish lets a date hint play out. Drink now. —J.M.

    • The Wine Advocate

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, PALO CORTADO "PENINSULA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      The Wine Advocate (2012): 96

      A mind-blowing sherry is the non-vintage Palo Cortado Peninsula Solera Reserva. Like all Lustau sherries except for the East India, it is made from the Palomino varietal. A dry, crisp, full-throttle, intense sherry offering incredibly complex, nutty aromas, it represents a style that falls between the Amontillado and the more oxidized, heavier Oloroso. These are all remarkable efforts for their stunning value. While they are still under-the-radar for most American wine lovers, I encourage readers to give them a try as they are great introductory reference points for how profound sherry can be. I first wrote about the extraordinary sherries of Emilio Lustau many years ago, in the early days of The Wine Advocate. The portfolio of under $25 a bottle selections represents remarkable value for their complex, well-made personalities.

    • Wine & Spirits

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, PALO CORTADO "PENINSULA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine & Spirits (2011): 90 points

      This refined Palo Cortado quickly moves beyond its initial almond syrup scents to focus on its saline side, with a mineral austerity that lasts through the finish. A powerful wine for charcuterie.

    • The Wine Advocate

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, PALO CORTADO "PENINSULA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      The Wine Advocate (2005): 92 points : Outstanding

      One of my favorites among the drier, lighter-styled Sherries is the non-vintage Palo Cortado Peninsula. Medium amber-colored, with great balance, intensity, and acidity as well as a scorched earth/roasted nut character, it is a stunning, flavorful yet light, crisp Sherry.

    • Wine & Spirits

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, PALO CORTADO "PENINSULA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine & Spirits (2001): 90 Points

      There's a lot of flavor packed into this Solera Reserva. And it delivers all that flavor without showing its alcohol or weight. The wine starts off with big aromas of nuts and dried fruits, and holds its size on the palate, adding spices, ripe cherries, exotic fruit. Then it tightens to end with salt water taffy, salt and caramel tones. Grill up skewers of spicy marinated pork and cherry tomatoes to serve alongside it.

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, PALO CORTADO "PENINSULA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine Investor American Way (1998): * * * (Three stars, of four possible); Outstanding

      "Highly complex, rich, nutty and delicate, with a spicy aroma and great finesse and complexity." (J. Levine)

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, PALO CORTADO "PENINSULA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Robin Garr's Wine Lover's Page (1998):

      Clear, bright copper color. Forward and rich aroma of pecans. Dry, full-bodied pecan and stone fruit flavors, with a firm, lemony acidic grip'. Label describes it as a full-bodied dry Sherry between the Amontillado and Oloroso types', and that seems accurate. It's no dessert wine, but a stylish aperitif.

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, PEDRO XIMENEZ "SAN EMILIO", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine Spectator (2014): 91 points

      Delivers the weight you expect from a PX, but with fresher cut. The singed walnut, brown bread, ginger, ganache and Turkish coffee notes are allied to a mouthwatering spearmint and treacle spine. Features good energy through the finish to match the mouthcoating feel. Drink now.—J.M.

    • Wine & Spirits

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, PEDRO XIMENEZ "SAN EMILIO", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine & Spirits (2011): 92 points

      The exuberant and saturated sweet flavors of sun-ripened grapes spread throughout the entire palate, sustained by firm acidity. That acidity imposes its mineral tones, without overshadowing the seductive caramel sensation that lasts. Serve it chilled as a digestif.

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, PEDRO XIMENEZ "SAN EMILIO", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine Spectator (2002): 89 points : Very Good

      Sweet and concentrated, yet this has a freshness, from the grapey note to the bright structure. Fig, caramel and chocolate round out the flavors, ending with a moderate length. Drink now.

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, PEDRO XIMENEZ "SAN EMILIO", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Mark Squire's E-Zine (1998): 98 Points; Extraordinary

      "With this wine, Lustau throws all restraint out the window. This wine is SO honeyed, SO thick, SO syrupy, you could take ten Yquem vintages and add them together, and still not get anything that tastes this thick and sweet. It may be TOO much for some, but again, at under $20 (actually, $15.29 in Pennsylvania!), this has to be one of the great wine buys ever. So underrated, so unappreciated. What a steal!"

    • Wine & Spirits

      jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, PEDRO XIMENEZ "SAN EMILIO", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine & Spirits (2014): 93

      Although part of Lustau’s basic line, this Solera PX shows great depth of flavor, a complex network of caramelized aromas mingling with notes reminiscent of dried plums, chocolate and exotic spices. Sweet and opulent, this is creamy and rich in all its aspects. § Europvin USA, Van Nuys, CA

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, RARE AMONTILLADO "ESCUADRILLA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine Spectator (2014): 92

      Smoked almond, singed orange peel, date, salted caramel and toasted hazelnut notes all weave together here, with a flicker of sweetness through the finish as a green tea accent chimes in. Shows lovely range and elegance. Drink now. - J.M.

    • The Wine Advocate

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, RARE AMONTILLADO "ESCUADRILLA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      The Wine Advocate (2012): 94

      The most intense offering in this group is the dry non-vintage Rare Amontillado Escuadrilla Solera Reserva. There is definitely some serious age on this solera. An amber color is followed by notes of nuts, salty sea breezes, sea weed and dried pit fruits. These are all remarkable efforts for their stunning value. While they are still under-the-radar for most American wine lovers, I encourage readers to give them a try as they are great introductory reference points for how profound sherry can be. I first wrote about the extraordinary sherries of Emilio Lustau many years ago, in the early days of The Wine Advocate. The portfolio of under $25 a bottle selections represents remarkable value for their complex, well-made personalities.

    • The Wine Advocate

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, RARE AMONTILLADO "ESCUADRILLA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      The Wine Advocate (2007): 90 points

      The non-vintage Rare Amontillado "Escuadrilla" is medium amber with a dry, nutty character and excellent grip.

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, RARE AMONTILLADO "ESCUADRILLA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine Spectator (2006): 90 points

      Smoky and resinous, with caramel, roasted walnut and iodine flavors that go on and on. A hint of oxidation and burnt molasses on the finish. Drink now.

    • Wine & Spirits

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, RARE AMONTILLADO "ESCUADRILLA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine & Spirits (2006): 94 points

      An unusual and charming fusion of marine saltiness, sweet apples and caramelized almond aromas, this is tight and firm, with expansive dry plum and green olive flavors, austere and generous at once. The finish smells like the ocean, so much so it's as if suddenly you were staring at the beach as the sun rises. Open this now with Gorgonzola or save it for your grandchild's wedding.

    • Wine & Spirits

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, RARE AMONTILLADO "ESCUADRILLA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine & Spirits (2001): 90 Points

      This fine Amontillado presents fresh apricot fruitiness enriched with nuts. All the elements are well modulated, from the golden amber color to the sourdough yeastiness, to the medling of its alcohol into a roasted-pepper warmth. A great glass with jamon de Jabugo.

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, RARE AMONTILLADO "ESCUADRILLA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      The Boston Globe (1998):

      Though the dryness approaches astringency, it's not the least bit off-putting. On the contrary, next to a tapa of sizzling chorizo sausages, this seemed just right. Because Sherry character emphasizes barrel flavors, and Amontillados in particular are generations removed from their fruity origins, it was a little surprising to find here, folded deep within layers of old wood, a tiny beating heart of fresh, grapey fruit.

      Our favorite. (Stephen Meuse)

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, RARE AMONTILLADO "ESCUADRILLA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Robin Garr's Wine Lover's Page (1998):

      Clear, light amber color. Delicious walnut and brown sugar aromas so rich they seem to jump from the glass. Dry, full and strong; walnut flavors consistent with the nose, laced up with tart acidity and warmth. Long, clean and fine. It went nicely with a bite of Wensleydale cheese. (Robin Garr)

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, VERY RARE OLOROSO DE JEREZ "EMPERATRIZ EUGENIA", SOLERA GRAN RE
      Wine Spectator (2014): 92 points

      Has a smoky edge, with singed sandalwood and forest floor hints melded with bitter chocolate, powdered ginger, buckwheat and toffee notes. The long finish shows lovely cut and persistence. Drink now.—J.M.

    • Wine & Spirits

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, VERY RARE OLOROSO DE JEREZ "EMPERATRIZ EUGENIA", SOLERA GRAN RE
      Wine & Spirits (2011): 93 points

      With the calm pace of a jerezano waking up from a siesta on an August afternoon, this Oloroso gradually begins to reveal its flavors in scents of caramel and smoke. It's sweet through the middle, with firm acidity accompanying rather than interrupting that sweetness. But in the end, the salinity and briny shellfish scents take over, leaving a dry and juicy taste that invites another glass…and another.

    • The Wine Advocate

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, VERY RARE OLOROSO DE JEREZ "EMPERATRIZ EUGENIA", SOLERA GRAN RE
      The Wine Advocate (2007): 92 points

      The non-vintage Oloroso de Jerez "Emperatriz Eugenia" ratchets up the intensity. Because it is relatively dry, it is also a good match with savory foods.

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, VERY RARE OLOROSO DE JEREZ "EMPERATRIZ EUGENIA", SOLERA GRAN RE
      Wine Spectator (2006): 88 points

      Almost dry, with plenty of toffee, iodine, walnut and salt notes, backed by a vibrant structure. Not a powerful sherry, but everything is in the right proportion. Drink now.

    • Wine & Spirits

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, VERY RARE OLOROSO DE JEREZ "EMPERATRIZ EUGENIA", SOLERA GRAN RE
      Wine & Spirits (2001): 92 Points

      What a pleasure to taste a dry Oloroso of this quality and complexity - and even more of a pleasure to enjoy it with dinner. The scents of dried herbs, along with the fruitiness of dried apples and oranges, add their own richness to the right dish - the dark, dried honey tones in the finish make that anything from duck à l'orange to hake cheeks in brown butter to calves liver and onions. It being a Sherry, you needn't choose only one : this will last for a week or more in the fridge, holding fresh so you can enjoy a glass with whichever you happen to prepare.

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, VERY RARE OLOROSO DE JEREZ "EMPERATRIZ EUGENIA", SOLERA GRAN RE
      Boston Magazine (1998):

      "I love good Sherries, and no one offers a better range than the shipper Emilio Lustau. Treat yourself to the ultimate dry Oloroso: Lustau's Gran Reserva Emperatriz Eugenia, an exotically smoky blend of very old Sherries. One sip of the Emperatriz, and you'll never, ever again think that you don't like Sherry."

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, VERY RARE OLOROSO DE JEREZ "EMPERATRIZ EUGENIA", SOLERA GRAN RE
      The Boston Globe (1998):

      We tasted this one bitterly cold night, and it warmed us through. Arresting sweetness and viscosity charm rather than cloy as walnuts, almonds, brown sugar, oranges and cloves swirl in your mouth. How can $30 buy so much sheer pleasure? Beats us. . . (Stephen Meuse)

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, VERY RARE OLOROSO DE JEREZ "EMPERATRIZ EUGENIA", SOLERA GRAN RE
      Robin Garr's Wine Lover's Page (1998):

      "Clear, deep reddish amber color. Rich, fragrant and opulent bouquet of caramel, roasted nuts and grains, spices and dried fruits. Medium-bodied; layered with impressive flavors and an almost sweet fruit note (though the wine is dry). So rich, so flavorful; the dry finish is filled with dried fruit and seems to last forever. One of the most impressive Sherries I've ever tasted. (Jason Brandt Lewis)

    • The Wine Advocate

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, EAST INDIA, SOLERA
      The Wine Advocate (2012): 96

      The dark amber-hued non-vintage East India Solera is essentially an old Oloroso blended with an old Pedro Ximenez, which gives it a sweet character. It offers more mature notes of maple syrup, brown sugar, spice box, raisin and chocolate beer nuts, and its terrific balancing acidity cuts through the sweetness. These are all remarkable efforts for their stunning value. While they are still under-the-radar for most American wine lovers, I encourage readers to give them a try as they are great introductory reference points for how profound sherry can be. I first wrote about the extraordinary sherries of Emilio Lustau many years ago, in the early days of The Wine Advocate. The portfolio of under $25 a bottle selections represents remarkable value for their complex, well-made personalities.

    • Wine & Spirits

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, EAST INDIA, SOLERA
      Wine & Spirits (2011): 92 points

      This is a selection from botas of Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez raised separately and then blended to age for three years in solera. The result puts the sweetness of the PX in front, with flavors of plum jam and tobacco. The salinity of the Oloroso brings freshness and fine minerality that play softly in the background.

    • The Wine Advocate

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, EAST INDIA, SOLERA
      The Wine Advocate (2005): 94 points : Outstanding

      Readers looking for something weighty, sweet, and provocative should check out the non-vintage East India Solera. A blend of soleras averaging 15 to 50 years of age, it boasts a dark amber color as well as a huge nose of melted toffee, caramel, figs, and prunes. This over-the-top yet surprisingly vibrant (because of good acidity) effort is best drunk as dessert at the end of a meal.

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, EAST INDIA, SOLERA
      Wine Spectator (2002): 90 points

      Rich and concentrated with coffee and caramel flavors in a balanced presentation. Picks up a grilled nut accent on the finish. Solid and complex, but not cloying. Drink now.

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, EAST INDIA, SOLERA
      Wine Magazine (1998): 91 points

      "Chris detected a nutty, salty aroma that was slightly cooked. On the palate, he picked up sweet, ripe fruit that had full weight and great complexity. Peter C. thought that the 'great acidity' balanced out the 'enormous caramel richness and flavour' of the wine."

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, EAST INDIA, SOLERA
      Robin Garr's Wine Lover's Page (1998):

      "Very dark reddish brown color, almost opaque. Luscious aroma; juicy figs dominating the typical Sherry nuttiness. Very sweet flavor; figs and dates and a hint of walnuts; lemony acidity to give it grip,' but a little soft by Sherry standards. This is an unusual style; the back label indicates that it undergoes a special process to emulate the heat and humidity suffered by Sherry casks lashed to the decks of

      sailing ships in the 18th century India trade. I assume that means that they cook' it before release. Not bad, but definitely idiosyncratic.

    • The Wine Advocate

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, FINO "JARANA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      The Wine Advocate (2012): 88

      The Fino Jarana Solera Reserva is also very good. These sherries, for which the Spanish have a voracious appetite (especially with their culinary treasure that is the result of their exceptional ham culture), work exceptionally well with sashimi and sushi. Don’t take my word for it. Give it a try and you will be amazed. These are all remarkable efforts for their stunning value. While they are still under-the-radar for most American wine lovers, I encourage readers to give them a try as they are great introductory reference points for how profound sherry can be. I first wrote about the extraordinary sherries of Emilio Lustau many years ago, in the early days of The Wine Advocate. The portfolio of under $25 a bottle selections represents remarkable value for their complex, well-made personalities.

    • Wine & Spirits

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, FINO "JARANA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine & Spirits (2011): 90 points

      The scent of green olives introduces this light and elegant Fino. It's briny and fresh, with nutty flavors and a hint of iodine. Chill it for jamón Ibérico.

    • The Wine Advocate

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, FINO "JARANA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      The Wine Advocate (2005): 90 points : Outstanding

      The crisp, light-bodied, pungent, potent non-vintage Light Fino Jarana is redolent of the smells and flavors of roasted nuts.

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, FINO "JARANA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine Spectator (1998): 90 Points; Outstanding.

      Warm cardamom and nutmeg accents add complexity to grilled almond and apple flavors. Richness and intensity are underscored by crispness, and the flavors keep pumping through the long, tangy finish. Drink now.

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, FINO "JARANA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      The Boston Globe (1998):

      All Finos are by nature slightly built, so it's curious how they manage to carry Sherry's added burden of alcohol with such grace. Lustau's basic Fino succeeds nicely on that score, in part by keeping the alcohol low : around 15%. Simple, fresh and stimulating; a perfect introduction to the sport. Drink, don't store!

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, FINO "JARANA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Robin Garr's Wine Lover's Page (1998):

      Clear, very pale gold color. Pleasant, light, nut-like scents, more reminiscent of pecans in its delicacy than the traditional walnuts, with a subtle complexity that's easier to experience than to describe. Crisp and dry, with pleasant mineral qualities and subtle, nut-like flavors on the palate. Clean and consistent through a long finish. Keep an eye out for this wine. (Robin Garr)

    • The Wine Advocate

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, FINO "PUERTO FINO", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      The Wine Advocate (2012): 91

      Made in a similar style, the non-vintage Fino Puerto Fino Solera Reserva is sensational. It offers hints of almond paste intermixed with beer nuts, salty sea breeze smells, and dried apricot and tropical fruit notes. These are all remarkable efforts for their stunning value. While they are still under-the-radar for most American wine lovers, I encourage readers to give them a try as they are great introductory reference points for how profound sherry can be. I first wrote about the extraordinary sherries of Emilio Lustau many years ago, in the early days of The Wine Advocate. The portfolio of under $25 a bottle selections represents remarkable value for their complex, well-made personalities.

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, FINO "PUERTO FINO", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine Spectator (2006): 90 points

      A textbook fino. Light, crisp and tangy, offering apple, almond and iodine aromas and flavors. Balanced and refreshing, leaving a mouthwatering impression. Drink now.

    • Wine & Spirits

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, FINO "PUERTO FINO", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine & Spirits (2006): 94 points

      Fino can be simple and fresh, saline and clean, but also massive and complex, a monument of a place like this Puerto Fino, the flagship of Lustau. The complexity here starts right from the scent, a cloud of salt, green apples and chalk. At first sip, its silky texture and salty almond flavor immediately entice; then, with air, a strong chalkiness emerges. The wine feels as if it is made of chalk and marine breezes. It's a tremendous wine; get some fried sardines and touch heaven.

    • The Wine Advocate

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, FINO "PUERTO FINO", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      The Wine Advocate (2003): 90 points : Outstanding

      ...dry, austere, intensely flavorful...notes of crushed sea shells, hazelnuts and spice. This is top-notch Fino.

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, FINO "PUERTO FINO", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      American Way (2002):

      Emilio Lustau produces some of the best sherries in every style, with bodegas in each of the three Andalusian sherry towns. Their fino is one of my favorites, made in the town of El Puerto de Santa Maria, which is known for its fragrant, refined style. This one is dry, crisp, and tangy, with a pale, transparent color and a hint of flor aroma. It's the classic accompaniment to tapas.

    • Wine & Spirits

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, FINO "PUERTO FINO", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine & Spirits (2001): 93 Points : Outstanding

      The character of this wine intensifies with each sip, and it only seems to get better, filled with the fresh scent of pear, fresh as a sugar snap pea. There are darker, smokier tones as well, balancing the freshness with roasted pepper and toasted wheat schents. It's lasting and firm, the finish crying out for tapas, for stuffed mushrooms, grilled prawns, calamares al ajillo.

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, FINO "PUERTO FINO", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine Magazine (1998): 91 Points; Outstanding; Top Wine of the Tasting.

      The Puerto Fino from the distinguished Lustau solera delighted the tasters, who found all of the classic Fino flavours. Lovely salty, tangy nose, with superb, fresh sea salt and almond flavours,' said Caspar. Big yet elegant; a super Sherry,' he concluded. Charmian found a strong nuttiness on the nose with roasted nuts on the palate and that characteristic tangy zest.' Lilyane called it very complex on the

      nose; sweet and sour,' with a musty, dried nuts and figs aroma and pickled walnuts on the palate.' With food : Best Wine with Shellfish. Julian found this Sherry to be very good' with the dark crab meat but not so good with the light. Lucy thought it had sufficient character of its own' to go with the mussels and was great' with the garlic. He also found it quite good with both the prawn cocktail and the

      scallops. Katrina thought it the best match for the mussels as it was powerful enough for the rich basil and garlic sauce. Robert thought it was smashing' with both white and dark crab meat.

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, FINO "PUERTO FINO", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      American Way (1998):

      Fino Sherries are affected during the aging process by a naturally- occurring yeast cap known as flor' (flower), which protects the wine from contact with air and preserves its freshness. The flor is about as unpredictable as a storm system, and it affects each butt (read : barrel) of wine differently. For Fino, the ideal result is a crisp Sherry with a pale straw color and a delicate, nut-like nose. Lustau's Puerto Fino Solera Reserva is bone-dry, with a lovely hint of black walnuts. Well-chilled, it complements rich tapas and grilled or smoked fish. (Anthony Dias Blue)

    • The Wine Advocate

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, LIGHT MANZANILLA "PAPIRUSA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      The Wine Advocate (2012): 92

      The non-vintage Light Manzanilla Papirusa Solera Reserva (with an average age of five years in this solera) possesses an extraordinary, penetrating nose of salty brined nuts intermixed with crisp fruit, terrific acidity and intense, powerful, authoritative flavors that are ethereal in their lightness. These are all remarkable efforts for their stunning value. While they are still under-the-radar for most American wine lovers, I encourage readers to give them a try as they are great introductory reference points for how profound sherry can be. I first wrote about the extraordinary sherries of Emilio Lustau many years ago, in the early days of The Wine Advocate. The portfolio of under $25 a bottle selections represents remarkable value for their complex, well-made personalities.

    • Wine & Spirits

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, LIGHT MANZANILLA "PAPIRUSA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine & Spirits (2011): 91 points

      A textbook Manzanilla, this has all the delicate simplicity of saline—almost citrus—flavors in a fresh, elegant and balanced wine that's enchanting in its lightness. The hint of green olive in the finish brings to mind jamón Ibérico and fresh melon to match.

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, LIGHT MANZANILLA "PAPIRUSA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine Spectator (2006): 90 points : SMART BUY

      Tangy, with lemon, olive, apple and ocean brine aromas and flavors. Clean and elegant, with a long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now.

    • The Wine Advocate

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, LIGHT MANZANILLA "PAPIRUSA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      The Wine Advocate (2003): 92 points : Outstanding

      ...superb...a spicy, nutty nose, elegant, dry flavors, delicious purity and a smoky intensity. It would be fabulous with sushi

    • Wine & Spirits

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, LIGHT MANZANILLA "PAPIRUSA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine & Spirits (2001): 92 Points : Outstanding

      There's a rich intensity to the scent of this Manzanilla, like the aroma of a broth made of lobster shells. Then the taste is packed with powerful flavors, salt-crusted as the side of a lobster boat, bearing fresh clams and mussels as well. There's also a spicines that lasts, like the flavor of a fresh salted almond. Remarkably complex. Great with fresh nuts or a lobster bisque.

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, LIGHT MANZANILLA "PAPIRUSA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine Magazine (1998): 86 Points; Very Good; Recommended.

      This has a complex nose of flor and a savoury, fresh palate,' noted Jacqueline. Caspar's opinion was similar : A savoury, meaty nose, with a tightly-knit Marmite structure and some appley fruit. An intensely dry, good wine.'

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, LIGHT MANZANILLA "PAPIRUSA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Robin Garr's Wine Lover's Page (1998):

      Very pale gold in color. Light pecan and citrus aroma, very much like an excellent Fino. Fresh, dry and full-flavors follow the nose. Clean and tart; a spectacular aperitif. (Robin Garr)

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, LIGHT MANZANILLA "PAPIRUSA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Yak Shaya's Wine Pages (Israel) (1998): 17/20; Excellent.

      Manzanilla is the lightweight (but still fortified) Sherry-style white wine drunk all around Andalusia. Unlike heavier Sherries, Manzanilla should be served cold and does not keep well long after it is opened. Medium straw. Pungent nose with the familiar light oxidized aroma. The nose gives a pronounced impression of spices and even salt. Completely dry with pepperish taste. At 15% alcohol it goes extremely well with almost any kind of Andalusian dish, from smoked fish, to cured meat and spicy seafood. If you can call a 15% alcohol dry white wine lightweight, then this one was. There are all sorts of Manzanillas; this is a high-end one (seriously!) where them term Fino applies both to its constitution and its smoothness. Excellent! This is better drunk along with food. Buy more? Yes.

    • Wine Enthusiast

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, LIGHT MANZANILLA "PAPIRUSA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine Enthusiast (1998):

      "An acquired taste, dry Sherry is not for everyone. But if you are a fan of this unique wine or are curious about southern Spain's claim to fame, this is a nice Sherry that's slightly sweeter and a bit less salty than many Finos or Manzanillas. The wine is white, with unique, ocean-influenced flavor. A textbook match for Mediterranean lunches of grilled shrimp or steamed clams, rustic cheeses, country olives and sliced ham. One of the best values of the year."

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, LIGHT MANZANILLA "PAPIRUSA", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Vogue Entertaining Guide (1998): 18.75/20 Points; Outstanding

      "Warm, roast chestnut and apple wood smoke aromas. Marmite yeasty palate, but with crisp, generous fruit and excellent length. Intense yet delicate." (Tim White)

    • The Wine Advocate

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, MOSCATEL "EMILIN", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      The Wine Advocate (2012): 96

      The non-vintage Moscatel Emilin Solera Reserva is the sweetest sherry in this group as well as the easiest to appreciate as it is made from 100% Moscatel. These are all remarkable efforts for their stunning value. While they are still under-the-radar for most American wine lovers, I encourage readers to give them a try as they are great introductory reference points for how profound sherry can be. I first wrote about the extraordinary sherries of Emilio Lustau many years ago, in the early days of The Wine Advocate. The portfolio of under $25 a bottle selections represents remarkable value for their complex, well-made personalities.

    • Wine & Spirits

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, MOSCATEL "EMILIN", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine & Spirits (2011): 92 points

      Moscatel grapes from the Las Cruces vineyard are soleadas (dried in the sun) to obtain this stylized sweet wine, with notes of lapsang souchong tea and herbs that bring vermouth to mind. The sweetness is moderated by a subtle citrus note. To sip on its own.

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, MOSCATEL "EMILIN", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine Spectator (2006): 88 points

      There's no mistaking the grape here. This is spicy, floral and intensely sweet, yet there's also a delicacy that plays off the spirit. Less syrupy than Pedro Ximinez, with a moderate finish. Drink now.

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, MOSCATEL "EMILIN", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Mark Squire's E-Zine (1998): 93 Points; Outstanding.

      "Beautifully balanced, very sweet, honeyed, nutty Sherry--something I'd want to drink all night long. Only if I had help getting home, though. Delicious, and at under $20, a great buy. Some may prefer it to the take-no-prisoners PX below due to the latter's incredible richness."

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, MOSCATEL "EMILIN", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Robin Garr's Wine Lover's Page (1998):

      "Deep, medium to dark brown--about the color of Karo Dark Syrup or Black Strap Molasses. Strong, overwhelming nose of sweet raisins and prunes. I'm almost getting a sugar high from the bouquet! Could just sniff this stuff all night--unreal! Now for the first sip--wow! Liquid raisins in a smooth sugar sauce, with a touch of prunes and just a hint of apricot. Velvety smooth, mouth-coating, with a finish that goes on forever! Alcohol is 17%, but barely noticeable. Could get myself in real trouble with this one, as finishing off the bottle could be done in no time flat. The best fortified wine I've had to date, and I only paid $9 a 375ml! (David Gusgus)

    • Wine & Spirits

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, DELUXE CREAM "CAPATAZ ANDRES", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine & Spirits (2009): 89 points

      Made in a traditional style, with sweetness accentuated by flavors of chestnut cream and marron glacé, this Sherry can stand in for dessert. It's voluptuous and warm.

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, DELUXE CREAM "CAPATAZ ANDRES", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Robin Garr's Wine Lover's Page (1998):

      "Clear, dark bronze. Rich, heady, stone fruit and walnut aromas, consistent on the palate with intense sweetness held in balance by a lemony, acidic grip'. Walnuts, pecans, prunes and apricots; full and complex in a long and delicious finish. Exceptional value. (Robin Garr)

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, DELUXE CREAM "CAPATAZ ANDRES", SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Mark Squire's E-Zine (1998): 89 Points; Excellent

      "A traditional cream sherry, though much better done, medium bodied, moderately rich and sweet, excellent as an aperitif. Lacks the intensity of Lustau's Moscatel and the incredible concentration levels of the Pedro Ximenez. This is a blend of Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez."

    • The Wine Advocate

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, RARE CREAM SUPERIOR, SOLERA FAMILIAR
      The Wine Advocate (2003): 90 points

      The non-vintage Rare Cream, Superior is a moderately sweet, pleasant Sherry. Do your old grandmother a favor and give her this sophisticated drink instead of Harvey's Bristol Cream.

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, RARE CREAM SUPERIOR, SOLERA FAMILIAR
      Wine Spectator (2002): 89 points : Very Good

      Elegant and complex. Beautifully balanced, this sweet Sherry bears a firm structure, lending a dryness on the finish and carrying the nut, smoke and caramel accents to a long finish. Drink now.

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, TINTILLA DE ROTA
      Wine Spectator (2002): 88 points

      A distinctive sherry, dark and sweet, evoking molasses, prune and herb flavors. Not as thick in texture as many in this style, yet full-bodied and powerful. Drink now.