Today I tasted…. Lustau Solera Reserva Puerto Fino
It’s the first day of International Sherry Week, and I’m going to post a different ‘express’ tasting note every day. So here goes with number one!
Today I tasted Lustau Solera Reserva Puerto Fino, which is aged on average for four or five years in El Puerto de Santa Maria. It comes from one of the soleras founded early in the company’s history.
I love Finos from El Puerto – the proximity to the sea makes for a vigourous growth of flor, and this seems to give rounder, subtler flavour characteristics than their punchier cousins from Jerez.
Lustau’s Puerto Fino is no exception. On the nose it’s fresh and surprisingly nutty, with aromas of ground almonds and walnuts. There are also aromas of hay and buttered toast coming from the flor.
Take a slurp and the flavours of hay and toast are there by the bucketload, but complemented by a brisk brininess that also conjures up flavours of green olives.
Served crisply chilled, this is a fantastic wine for sipping in the sunshine. Whilst it’s good with food and I tried it out with a few different tapas, I’m inclined to drink it by itself and let the flavours shine without competition.