Lustau Almacenista Oloroso "Pata de Gallina" (500ml)

SKU #991904 92 points Wine & Spirits

 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.  (6/2009)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 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. (MS)  (6/2009)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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. (JM)  (2/2007)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Offers a raisiny hint, along with notes of date, anise, fennel seed, cardamom and singed clove. There's an ever so slightly sweet feel through the nicely wiry finish, tinged with orange bitters. (JM)  (10/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Light burnt umber colour. Walnuts and polished wood. Really nutty on the palate, so much so that it has a savoury, umami finish. Mouth-cleansing bitter-sour orange finish. 16.5/20 points. (JH)  (4/2016)

K&L Notes

I have to confess to drinking a shameful amount of this wonderful wine. I can't seem to keep it in my cellar — I buy it and drink it! It is a bone dry, but very rich oloroso, with a walnut bouquet that will wow even the most jaded fine wine drinker. The name, Pata de Gallina, means "the foot of the hen" in Spanish and denotes a style of oloroso that has broadness and fullness without sweetness. This is not just great sherry, this is great wine. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/28/2016 | Send Email
A bottle of Pata De Gallina and a plate of Cotswold, Cheddar and Stilton lead me into predation every time. I pour a big glass, put the bottle back in the cellar and close the door; otherwise I will be powerless against its charms and pour another. Then I go back to the cellar... It is the tang and zip of this bone dry wine that make it so moreish, while the scale, richness and complexity make it beguiling. What a wine!

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