This incredibly old, dry Amontillado comes from the original solera acquired in 1822 by D. León de Argüeso y Argüeso upon founding the legendary firm that bears his name. Minuscule quantities are bottled each year from the three remaining casks. It expresses the maritime essence of Sanlúcar de Barrameda's Barrio Bajo district.
A textbook Amontillado nose with a generous dose of iodine-laden sea spray from Sanlúcar. On the other hand also dried apricots, caramelized hazelnuts and light hints of toasted wood with a smoky undertone. Nicely aged, with some leathery touches, orange peel and exotic spices too. Underneath you can still pick up the biological ageing. Quite assertive, with a pronounced lemony acidity as well as some olive brine and light bitterness (dried herbs) that comes out. Walnuts and roasted hazelnuts. Fresh, with a good punzante character, evolving towards drier, leafy notes in the end. More herbal in the finish, with a prominent salty touch.
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