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16 Distinctive Sherries

May 9, 2014
James Molesworth reviews a range of Sherry styles from Finos to Olorosos.

GRANT Fino Jerez La Garrocha NV
Score: 87

A refreshing style, with quinine, green almond and salted butter notes leading to a relatively gentle finish. A good starter fino for those new to Sherry. Drink now. 300 cases imported. —J.M. 5-9-14

BODEGAS LA CIGARRERA Manzanilla Sanlúcar de Barrameda NV
Score: 88

Shows a light piney hint before bright chamomile and honeysuckle aromas fill in. Rather nervy through the palate, featuring a finish of green almond and fennel notes. Distinctive, but will have select appeal. Drink now. 750 cases imported. —J.M.5-9-14

GRANT Amontillado Jerez La Garrocha NV
Score: 90

Accessible and round, with notes of salted caramel, almond husk, date and dried persimmon all weaving through the detailed finish. A great introduction to the amontillado style for Sherry newbies, but still complex enough for aficionados. Drink now. 300 cases imported. —J.M. 5-9-14

GRANT Oloroso Jerez La Garrocha NV
Score: 91

Warm gingerbread, toffee and date notes lead the way, followed by a juicy core of crystalized ginger, black tea and Black Forest cake flavors. Dark in profile, this remains light and open-knit through the finish. Drink now. 300 cases imported. —J.M. 5-9-14

A Coroa

91 Points
Adegas A Coroa
Godello 2005
Valdeorras
$20

Muscular, full-bodied and assertive, with almond, anise, pear and smoke flavors and firm tannins. Austere but balanced and deep, this distinctive white is perfect for rich fish dishes. Drink now through 2009. -T.M. (June 15, 2007)

Chéreau Carré

90 Points
Chéreau-Carré
Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Le Clos du Château l'Oiselinière
2002
$30

Still going strong, with nice concentration to its lemon peel, sea salt, dried grapefruit and mineral notes. Plenty of vibrancy on the finish. Impressive for its age. Drink now. 1,175 cases made. -J.M. (Dec 15, 2006)

87 Points
Chereau-Carre
Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie Chateau de la Chesnaie
2004
"Best Values"

Bright and crunchy, with lime, floral and chalk notes. Crisp, refreashing finish. Drink now. 10,000 cases made. -J.M. (September 30th, 2005)

90 Points
Chereau-Carre
Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie Chateau de Chasseloir
2002
"Smart Buys"

Offers a rare explosiveness, with concentrated lemon peel, grapefruit, honeysuckle, mineral and brine notes. The racey acidity carries it effortlessly, while a second wave of fruit emerges on the finish. Hard for Muscadet to be better than this. Drink now through 2004. 15,000 cases made. -J.M. (July 31, 2003)

89 Points
Chereau-Carre
Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie Chateau de la Chesnaie
2002

Bright, round and exuberant, with lemon peel, floral, sea salt and pink grapefruit notes that bounce around while remianing harmoniuos. Long, juicy finish leaves you salivating for more. Drink now. 8,000 cases made. -J.M. (July 31, 2003)

88 Points
Chereau-Carre
Muscadet de Serve et Maine Les Vergers
2002

Solid Muscadet, with a lovely array of lime, honeysuckle, citrus peel and brine notes. Long, pure, steely finish is really, really nice. Drink now. 10,000 cases made. -J.M. (July 31, 2003)

Joan D'Anguera

91 Points
Joan d’Anguera Bugader 2005
Montsant
$75

Smoky, toasty aromas give way to rich flavors of blackberry, plum, coffee and mineral in a polished texture supported by firm tannins. This red has density and harmony. Modern, it offers an alluring note of wildness. Drink now through 2015. –T.M. (11/30/08)

90 Points
Joan d’Anguera Finca l’Argata 2005
Montsant
$30

Plum, tobacco, briar and garrique flavors are dark and alluring in this firm, polished red. Austere, even a bit earthy, it remains balanced and clean. Drink now through 2014. –T.M. (11/30/08)

87 Points
Joan d’Anguera Planella 2006
Montsant
$22

This plum red offers black cherry, plum, chocolate and light herbal flavors. Generous and juicy, with just enough tannins for grip. Drink now through 2012. –T.M. (11/30/08)

92 Points
Joan D'Anguera El Bugader 2001
Montsant
$50

This intense red shows an inky black color, with clean , focused flavors of blackberry, boysenberry, black pepper and coffee. The tannins are muscular but well-intergrated, the wine heady but not hot. Tight now; give it time to develop. Better than previously reviewed. Best after 2004. 800 cases made. -T.M. (March 2004)

94 Points
Joan D'Anguera El Bugader 1999
Tarragona
$45

"Tarragona has only recently gained a reputation for serious reds. But the Anguera family founded their bodega in 1820, and now give nearby Priorat competition with a blend of Syrah, Garnacha and Cabernet. The 1999 is rich, dark and deep, a powerful red that offers blackberry, coffee and licorice flavors wrapped in mouthfilling tannins that ease up to reveal a long, spicy finish. Best after 2005." --T.M. (9/18/02)

89 Points
Joan D'Anguera El Bugader 1998
Tarragona
$45

Black fruit and toasty oak marry well over firm tannins in this ripe, extracted red, yet it remains balanced and fresh. Great with grilled meats. Drink now through 2005. TM (10/15/01)

86 Points
Joan D'Anguera Finca L'Argata 1998
Tarragona
$20

This hearty red offers black cherry, tobacco and mineral notes over firm tannins. It's medium-bodied, with good balance. Drink now through 2004. 1,000 cases made. TM (10/15/01)

Viña Sastre

95 Points
Viña Sastre Pesus 2003
Ribera del Duero
$395

This lush red is like pie a la mode, sweet with ripe blackberry and huckleberry fruit and vanilla oak flavors. It’s mouthfilling yet not aggressive, and there’s enough acidity to keep it lively. An oaky, modern style, ripe and heady, but rich and deep. Drink now through 2015. –T.M. (Insider Vol.2, No.2)