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EMILIO LUSTAU S.A. (Almacenistas and VORS) - Press reviews


    • Wine & Spirits

      jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, AMONTILLADO DEL PUERTO, "GONZALES OBREGON 1/10"
      Wine & Spirits (2015): 90

      Mixing sweet, ripe fruit with intense flavors of iodine and limestone, this Amontillado holds to a fine balance. Medium bodied, with firm, grippy tannins, it will make short work of shrimp sautéed in garlic and plenty of olive oil.

    • Wine Spectator

      jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, AMONTILLADO DEL PUERTO, "GONZALES OBREGON 1/10"
      Wine Spectator (2014): 93

      Shows ginger, date, almond, blood orange, sandalwood and green tea.

    • Wine & Spirits

      jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, FINO DEL PUERTO, "GONZALES OBREGON 1/143"
      Wine & Spirits (2015): 92

      La Bodega Obregón runs a popular tavern in El Puerto de Santa María, where they serve their own Sherries as well as selections they sell to Lustau for the Almacenista line. This Fino del Puerto is intense in citrus and salty notes, like preserved lemons. Its texture is rustic, yet delightfully fresh, completely enveloping the wine’s intensity.

    • Wine & Spirits

      jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, FINO DEL PUERTO, "JOSE DE LA CUESTA 1/183"
      Wine & Spirits (2015): 93

      Founded in 1849, José Cuesta’s bodega in El Puerto de Santa María is now owned by Lustau, providing delicate, creamy Finos for the Almacenista line. In this refreshing example, the salty and stony aromas run deep, giving the sensation of drinking a wine made of limestone instead of grapes. Delicious in its freshness, this is perfect for fried clams.

    • Wine & Spirits

      jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, MANZANILLA PASADA DE SANLUCAR, "CUEVAS JURADO 1/80
      Wine & Spirits (2015): 92

      Although it is often associated with Amontillado, Manzanilla Pasada doesn’t lose its veil of flor. Instead, that veil becomes thinner over time, allowing a slight oxidation that transforms both the color and the flavor, as in this deliciously savory example from Lustau’s Almacenista line. It’s filled with sea-salt notes, sweet spices and candied fruit details. The finish is shockingly dry, even as the wine is juicy and easy to drink, ready for sea urchins scooped right from their shells.

    • Wine & Spirits

      jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, OLOROSO DEL PUERTO, "JOSE LUIS GONZALES OBREGON 1/
      Wine & Spirits (2015): 93

      González Obregón’s wines occupy a central place in Lustau’s Almacenista line. Three of its eight labels are obtained from the botas of this winery, located in El Puerto de Santa María. This Oloroso, in its dry, austere, intensely acidic and mineral style, is one of the best examples that you will find on the market. Making no concessions to sweetness, it’s ruled by aromas and flavors of salted nuts and stones, a linear, vertical wine with great length.

    • Wine & Spirits

      jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, VORS AMONTILLADO, 30 YEARS OLD
      Wine & Spirits (2015): 96

      The VORS certification (Very Old Rare Sherry) implies not only the age of the wine, but also its quality—both of which are evident in this Amontillado. Selected by capataz Manuel Lozano from among the oldest wines Lustau tends in the city of Jerez, some of them more than 30 years old, this is a radical wine, not recommended for sensitive souls. Only salt and iodine notes fill the flavor, intense minerality emanating throughout the wine with the power of a volcano erupting. Rustic in texture, generous in body and deep in marine flavors, it’s breathtaking.

    • Wine & Spirits

      jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, VORS PALO CORTADO, 30 YEARS OLD
      Wine & Spirits (2015): 98

      Halfway between Amontillado and Oloroso, Palo Cortado has the delicacy and finesse on the nose of an Amontillado, with the strength and roundness of an Oloroso, according to the Consejo Regulador of Jerez. Lustau’s Palo Cortado, from wines with an average age of 30, is a very limited bottling: just a thousand half-liter bottles. Before drinking it, you must breathe deeply and have your passport handy, because it is not just a wine, but also a method of transportation. It takes you to the African coast in its dryness, refreshes with sea breezes and then drops you on the white albariza soil of Jerez. It is huge in size, as dry as the worst thoughts you can imagine for your enemies, austere as a Buddhist monk in meditation. A liquid trip.

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, AMONTILLADO DE SANLUCAR DE BARRAMEDA "CUEVAS JURA
      Wine Spectator (2014): 92

      Nicely smoky, with steeped green tea and toasted almond notes leading the way, followed by caramel, walnut, clove, dried orange and sandalwood flavors that all flow in unison through the focused finish. Drink now. - J.M.

    • The Wine Advocate

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, AMONTILLADO DE SANLUCAR DE BARRAMEDA "CUEVAS JURA
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 89

      I was a bit underwhelmed by the NV Almacenista Manuel Cuevas Jurado Amontillado de Sanlúcar 1/21 which has a sweetish nose with notes of pumpkin, hazelnut. The palate is gentle but a little hollow in the middle. It is easy to drink. 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 - 2017

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, FINO DEL PUERTO, "GONZALES OBREGON 1/143"
      Wine Spectator (2014): 91 points

      Features a juicy core of white peach, salted butter and dried chamomile, with a salted edge on the finish. Shows some plumpness and bass, though this is not quite as dynamic as the last bottling of this almacenista. Drink now. —J.M.

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, FINO DEL PUERTO, "GONZALES OBREGON 1/143"
      Wine Spectator (2012): 89 points

      Focused and pure, with salted lemon peel, fresh bamboo shoot and white ginger notes backed by a note of slivered almond on the finish, which is nicely persistent. Drink now. 50 cases imported. –JM

    • Wine Enthusiast

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, FINO DEL PUERTO, "GONZALES OBREGON 1/143"
      Wine Enthusiast (2009): 92 points

      Immediately this strikes you as being elegant and refined. The nose is perfectly round, with oily, semi-rich aromas of baked fruits and almonds. The palate has more fruit and intensity than 99% of the finos out there, but there’s also a backdrop of nut, mushroom and dried apple that stands out before exploding in front of a smooth, stately finish. — M.S.

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, FINO DEL PUERTO, "GONZALES OBREGON 1/143"
      Wine Spectator (2006): 88 points

      Balanced, with a hint of ocean brine, along with apple and straw notes. Lingers with a salivating finish. Drink now.

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, FINO DEL PUERTO, "GONZALES OBREGON 1/143"
      Vogue Entertaining Guide (1998): 19.25/20 Points; Exceptional

      "Full-on flor aromas: freshly baked bread, almond spice, grapey digestifs--smells fresh and complex. Soft textures and excellent length; wholemeal bread, and vegemite flavors." (Tim White)

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, FINO DEL PUERTO, "GONZALES OBREGON 1/143"
      The Boston Globe (1998):

      "Almacenista refers to a small-scale, artisanal solera master whose Sherries are prized for individuality. In fact, the quality of these boutique Sherries is stunning, compared to very good but more commercial products. A miraculous balance of subtle nuttiness, warm wood notes and citrus fruits. An ace. (Stephen Meuse)

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, MANZANILLA PASADA DE SANLUCAR, "CUEVAS JURADO 1/80
      Wine Spectator (2014): 92 points

      A plump, juicy, full-bodied Manzanilla, with a quinine streak running through the core of dried grapefruit rind, lemon curd, salted almond and Brazil nut. The long finish picks up an echo of flan. Drink now. —J.M.

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, MANZANILLA PASADA DE SANLUCAR, "CUEVAS JURADO 1/80
      Wine Spectator (2012): 90 points

      This flirts with rancio, as a Brazil nut note leads the way, but it's supple and pure, with lovely bitter almond, orange and salted caramel hints that all glide through the lanolin-textured finish. Drink now. 50 cases imported. –JM

    • Wine & Spirits

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, MANZANILLA PASADA DE SANLUCAR, "CUEVAS JURADO 1/80
      Wine & Spirits (2011): 92 points

      Aged for seven years in an 80-bota solera, this subtle, elegant Manzanilla Pasada displays the impressive consistency and quality of the Manuel Cuevas wines. Its briny mineral flavors meld with scents of hazelnuts in a wine that feels comfortably balanced despite its power. A Manzanilla of clarity and purity. For sea urchin.

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, MANZANILLA PASADA DE SANLUCAR, "CUEVAS JURADO 1/80
      Wine Spectator (2006): 89 points

      An assertive, salty style, with olive briny apple and almond notes. Bites down on the finish, with a long, nutty aftertaste. Loads of personality. Drink now.

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, OLOROSO PATA DE GALLINA "GARCIA JARANA 1/38"
      Wine Spectator (2014): 91 points

      Has a flattering, off-dry edge up front, with date and caramel notes caressing a core of bitter orange, singed almond and licorice root. Turns progressively firmer through the finish, featuring dried nectarine and toasted walnut accents. Drink now.—J.M.

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, OLOROSO PATA DE GALLINA "GARCIA JARANA 1/38"
      Wine Spectator (2012): 88 points

      Dark and racy, with strong singed walnut and roasted chestnut notes up front, followed by brown bread, espresso and bitter orange notes and a fresh finish. Drink now. 50 cases imported. –JM

    • Wine Enthusiast

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, OLOROSO PATA DE GALLINA "GARCIA JARANA 1/38"
      Wine Enthusiast (2009): 92 points

      Just add this oloroso to the growing list of excellent Sherries from Lustau. This one is tellingly nutty on the nose, thus the hazelnut and walnut flavors are expected as they become part of a bigger painting that includes coffee, bitter chocolate and baked fruits. Warming and charming, with subtle acidity. Very elegant and refined. — M.S.

    • Wine & Spirits

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, OLOROSO PATA DE GALLINA "GARCIA JARANA 1/38"
      Wine & Spirits (2009): 92 points

      Juan García Jarana, the motorcycle magnate of Jerez, sells a portion of his soleras to Lustau for this delicate Oloroso. It starts with notes of candied almonds, coconut palm syrup and caramel. The hint of salinity lends complexity and freshness, without diminishing that delicate, pleasing sweetness.

    • The Wine Advocate

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, OLOROSO PATA DE GALLINA "GARCIA JARANA 1/38"
      The Wine Advocate (2007): 91 points

      The non-vintage Oloroso Pata de Gallina, Almacenista Garcia Jarana, also a dark amber, offers smoke, earth, and almonds. It would also make a fine match with game.

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, OLOROSO PATA DE GALLINA "GARCIA JARANA 1/38"
      Wine Investor American Way (1998): * * (Two stars, of four possible); Very Good

      "Aromas of dried fruits and nuts, with a hint of orange peel. Lots of complexity and elegance." (Jonathan Levine)

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, PALO CORTADO DE JEREZ, "VIDES 1/50"
      Wine Spectator (2014): 92 points

      Has a juicy feel, with blood orange, maple and gingerbread notes lining a core of walnut, date and bitter almond flavors. A lingering clove hint emerges on the energetic finish. Drink now. —J.M.

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, PALO CORTADO DE JEREZ, "VIDES 1/50"
      Wine Spectator (2012): 89 points

      Smoky orange, date, prune and caramel notes run through this, laced with a hint of walnut and backed by an off-dry twinge that keeps it open and flattering enough on the finish. Drink now. 50 cases imported. –JM

    • Wine Enthusiast

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, PALO CORTADO DE JEREZ, "VIDES 1/50"
      Wine Enthusiast (2009): 94 points

      A beautiful style of elevated Sherry that’s worth every cent if fine Sherry is to your liking. The nose is pure toffee, roasted nuts, apricot and mellow quince, while the key flavor is dried orange and the nuances hinted at by the aromas all reappear. Muscular but in perfect shape, with a finish as smooth as glass. — M.S.

    • The Wine Advocate

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, PALO CORTADO DE JEREZ, "VIDES 1/50"
      The Wine Advocate (2007): 93 points

      The non-vintage Palo Cortado, Almacenista Vides is dark amber, slightly sweeter and richer than the Amontillado and would be excellent with quail, partridge, and grouse.

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, PALO CORTADO DE JEREZ, "VIDES 1/50"
      Wine Magazine (1998): 90 Points; Outstanding; Very Highly Recommended.

      "This has a nice colour and a soft spicy nose,' said Bryan. However, it has less weight than I expected, but it's very pleasant.' Nicola also found it quite lean, but very well balanced, with complex fruit and crispness and a long, smooth finish.'

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, PALO CORTADO DE JEREZ, "VIDES 1/50"
      Wine Spectator (1998): 88 Points; Excellent.

      "Caramel, tobacco and nut aromas and flavors pervade this rich, tangy Sherry. Moderately sweet and medium-bodied, with a bracing finish. Drink now.

    • Decanter Magazine (England)

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, PALO CORTADO DE JEREZ, "VIDES 1/50"
      Decanter Magazine (England) (1998):

      "There are few Sherries from Emilio Lustau that don't appeal, particularly the Almacenistas. From a wonderful range, The Palo Cortado 1/50 Almacenista Vides impressed with its nutty, prune and caramel nose, big, round, lush palate and refreshing bite to the finish.

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, VORS OLOROSO, 30 YEARS OLD
      Wine Spectator (2014): 92 points

      Firm and dry-edged, with a chiseled feel to the singed orange peel, bitter almond, salted caramel and powdered ginger notes. The date-coated finish stays nervy thanks to flecks of iodine. Drink now.—J.M.

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, VORS OLOROSO, 30 YEARS OLD
      Wine Spectator (2012): 87 points

      Quite cloudy and mature in color, with fading brown-green notes, this offers a more modest range of walnut and Brazil nut hints, followed by a light caramel edge and singed toffee on the finish. Lacks some life. Drink now. –JM

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, VORS PALO CORTADO, 30 YEARS OLD
      Wine Spectator (2014): 92

      Shows a light hint of sweetness as date and gingerbread notes mingle with praline, roasted almond and dried blood orange flavors. Turns distinctly dry through the finish. Drink now. - J.M.

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, VORS PALO CORTADO, 30 YEARS OLD
      Wine Spectator (2012): 91 points

      This is dry and taut, but also rounded in feel, with alluring orange, dried nectarine and caramelized peach flavors laced with cinnamon, clove and alder notes. The long finish has nice cut. Drink now. –JM

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, VORS PEDRO XIMENEZ, 30 YEARS OLD
      Wine Spectator (2014): 94 points

      Very viscous, this rolls across the palate with a nearly brooding feel to the espresso, warm ganache, smoldering charcoal, steeped plum, prune and buckwheat honey notes. The back end picks up a flicker of chocolate-coated ginger for cut and lift. Drink now. From Spain.—J.M.

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, VORS PEDRO XIMENEZ, 30 YEARS OLD
      Wine Spectator (2011): 90 points

      Dark brown and viscous, this intense wine is thick and rich, though not frankly sweet. Offers exotic flavors of walnut, prune, orange peel and Turkish coffee. A meditation wine. Drink now. –TM

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU, VORS AMONTILLADO, 30 YEARS OLD
      Wine Spectator (2012): 92 points

      This has a great interplay of sweet and salty notes, with caramel, halva and toasted sesame flavors backed by intense, almost briny, salt and walnut hints. Shows great cut and length. Begs for a Cabrales. Drink now. –JM

    • Wine Enthusiast

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, AMONTILLADO DEL PUERTO, "GONZALES OBREGON 1/10"
      Wine Enthusiast (2009): 92 points

      Extremely smooth and inviting from the beginning through the midsection and onto the finish. Toffee and warm cobbler aromas start it off and lead to a textured, elegant palate with toasty, nutty flavors and a pinch of salt. The finish is robust, and at all points it’s a take-charge wine. An amontillado for connoisseurs and anyone eager to enjoy the finer points of the style. — M.S.

    • Wine & Spirits

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, AMONTILLADO DEL PUERTO, "GONZALES OBREGON 1/10"
      Wine & Spirits (2009): 92 points

      Lustau has selected the wines for this impressive Amontillado from a small solera of the wholesaler Obregón-a mere ten botas in all. It has the scents of the cellar, of limestone and of mushroomy flor. And there's enough acidity in this deep, broad wine to accompany Serrano ham.

    • The Wine Advocate

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, AMONTILLADO DEL PUERTO, "GONZALES OBREGON 1/10"
      The Wine Advocate (2007): 92 points

      The non-vintage Amontillado del Puerto, Almacenista Gonzalez Obregon is medium/dark amber, just off-dry, with the flavor of English toffee.

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, AMONTILLADO DEL PUERTO, "GONZALES OBREGON 1/10"
      Wine Magazine (1998): 90 Points; Outstanding;Very Highly Recommended.

      "This has a great smell of wet stones,' said Katrina, and a fantastic nutty complexity on the palate.' Julian noted a well-aged wine with excellent length.'

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, AMONTILLADO DE JEREZ, "FONTADEZ FLORIDO" 1/30
      Wine Spectator (2006): 88 points

      Apple, molasses, cocoa and walnut notes converge with the tangy, mouthwatering structure. A bit coarse on the finish. Unfiltered. Drink now.

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU ALMACENISTAS, MANZANILLA AMONTILLADA "CUEVAS JURADO 1/21"
      Wine Spectator (2006): 91 points

      Distinctive. Deep and unfiltered, combining the nuttiness of oloroso and the tanginess of fino. Ocean brine, bitter cocoa and molasses are the main themes, with a long, nutty finish. Drink now.

    • The Wine Advocate

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU CENTENARY SELECTION, PEDRO XIMENEZ, "MURILLO"
      The Wine Advocate (2005): 94 points : Outstanding

      The stunning non-vintage Pedro Ximenez Murillo is from a solera between 30-40 years of age. A dark amber color is accompanied by notes of scorched earth, figs, prunes, toffee, and marmalade.

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU CENTENARY SELECTION, PEDRO XIMENEZ, "MURILLO"
      Spain Gourmetour (1998):

      "From the grape variety of the same name, this wine is unctuously rich and velvety soft on the palate, very dark and viscous, with full fruit aromas. Aged in the Bodega Murillo for many years; the perfect dessert wine." (Ana Westley)

    • Wine Spectator

      NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU CENTENARY SELECTION, PEDRO XIMENEZ, "MURILLO"
      Wine Spectator (1998): 90 Points; Outstanding.

      292 cases made. If you're looking for a wine that envelops your palate with sweet, concentrated, dried Muscat and fruitcake flavors, this is for you. Full, ultra-rich and smooth, it's almost too much, but acidity saves the day on the finish. Very long aftertaste. Drink now.

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU CENTENARY SELECTION, PEDRO XIMENEZ, "MURILLO"
      Mark Squire's E-Zine (1998): 92 Points; Outstanding.

      If you have had the regular PX, this is fairly similar, but more aged, and fades faster. You may appreciate the extra age and the corresponding restraint; you may well prefer, as I do, the big, no-holds-barred regular bottling for half the price. Both are very sweet and creamy, and rich and heavy; the difference is just the restraint that more mature wine brings. On the whole, I'll take the youthful

      flamboyance. After all, this is not a wine that is ever going to be, well, elegant. May as well go for broke if you're going at all.

    • NV jerez - sherry - xeres Emilio LUSTAU CENTENARY SELECTION, PEDRO XIMENEZ, "MURILLO"
      Spanish Wine Page (1998):

      100% Pedro Ximenez grapes. American oak aged. 17% alcohol. Deep, dark brown and viscous. Redolent of ripe fruit with the distinct varietal aroma of the Pedro Ximenez grape. Rich, sweet, velvety and soft in the mouth, well balanced, with a long finish, showing the wine's great age. (Jens Riis)