Williams & Humbert "Jalifa" Amontillado VORS Jerez

SKU #1065100 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Golden brown in color, with smooth, almondy aromas along with apricot, cinnamon and toffee. The palate is full, round, smooth and satisfying, with a fine blend of weight, acidity and prime Sherry flavors. Overall this is a rich, heady style of dry Amontillado that finishes long and secure.  (12/2010)

91 points Wine & Spirits

 The body of this wine is simply tremendous, suffusing the palate with flavors of roasted hazelnuts and salted almonds tinged with a bit of caramel and chestnuts. A wine of this size needs well-aged cheese, like manchego viejo.  (6/2009)

K&L Notes

This is our most economical VORS Sherry, which in a field of great values arguably makes it one of the very best values in our entire wine and spirits inventory. Think of it this way: can you imagine a guaranteed-to-be-special thirty year old red or white table wine for $60, or (even less likely)a 30 year old single malt for $60? By definition, the VORS category is the rarest type of Sherry, requiring that the average age of wine in the solera be 30 years, though it is often 40 years or older. Imagine all of the salty tang, nutty complexity and hints of dried fruits in your favorite dry Amontillado, and then factor in a richer texture, more concentration and layered nuances of flavor. That is what the Don Jalisco Amontillado VORS is all about. Classic, compelling bone dry Amontillado from a storied Sherry bodega. (Joe Manekin, K&L Sherry Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2013 | Send Email
"My dear Fortunato, you are luckily met. How remarkably well you are looking to-day! But I have received a pipe of what passes for Amontillado, and I have my doubts." So says the villan narrator to the hapless Fortunado in Edgar Allan Poe's Cask of Amontillado. Luckily with this bottle of Jalifa, the pleasure of the real thing is clear, and there is no live burial at the end of the bottle. The ancient Williams Humbert is from a solera founded in 1821 and has the complexity one can expect from a VORS bottling at the top of a great producers range. I had this at home as an aperitif with a simple dish of nuts and it was the perfect way to end the day. I was lost in another time, and it never ceases to impress me the way that a great Sherry like this has the power to relax me by switching my focus away from the day to day and on to the greatness of the wine in front of me. This old Amontillado still has plenty of briny freshness on the nose from its days as a fino. It also has a pure marcona almond nuttiness that seamlessly weaves itself from the bouquet to the flavor. The texture is perfect, grain free, medium weight and carries the immense complexity of the wine effortlessly. The finish is near endless, and though the wine has no sweetness whatsoever, it is richest on the back end. What a great bottle!

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