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SHERRY/MADEIRA

Sherry is a fortified wine made from white grapes that are grown near the town of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia, Spain. Sherry is produced in a variety of styles made primarily from the Palomino grape, ranging from light versions similar to white table wines, such as Manzanilla and Fino, to darker and heavier versions that have been allowed to oxidize as they age in barrel, such as Amontillado and Oloroso. Sweet dessert wines are also made from Pedro Ximenez or Moscatel grapes, and are sometimes blended with Palomino-based Sherries. Madeira is a fortified Portuguese wine made in the Madeira Islands.

Madeira is produced in a variety of styles ranging from dry wines which can be consumed on their own as an aperitif, to sweet wines more usually consumed with dessert. The islands of Madeira have a long winemaking history, dating back to the Age of Exploration when Madeira was a standard port of call for ships heading to the New World or East Indies. To prevent the wine from spoiling, neutral grape spirits were added. On the long sea voyages, the wines would be exposed to excessive heat and movement which transformed the flavor of the wine. This was discovered by the wine producers of Madeira when an unsold shipment of wine returned to the islands after a round trip. Today, Madeira is noted for its unique winemaking process which involves heating the wine up to temperatures as high as 60 °C (140 °F) for an extended period of time and deliberately exposing the wine to some levels of oxidation. Because of this unique process, Madeira is a very robust wine that can be quite long lived even after being opened.

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  • ALVEAR PX 1927 SOLERA 375ml

    Item #: 300410
    Bottle Size: 375ml
    Wine Advocate: 98
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle
    ROBERT PARKER 98 POINTS - "The NV Pedro Ximenez Solera 1927 is non-vintage, but does have some 1927 material in it. ...
    ROBERT PARKER 98 POINTS - "The NV Pedro Ximenez Solera 1927 is non-vintage, but does have some 1927 material in it. This is totally dark brown/amber with notes of figs, toffee, caramel syrup, molasses and coffee. It is dense, super sweet, intense, rich and an amazingly, unctuously textured, thick beverage to consume slowly and introspectively after a meal. Drink now through 2050, or even longer. 98 points,...(Nov 2015)."

    While not getting near the attention given the famed dessert wines of France and Germany, some of the world’s most fabulous sweet wines are produced in an obscure corner of Spain’s Andalusia province-Montilla-Moriles. The district is home to Bodegas Alvear creators of Solera 1927 a mind boggling nectar that must be tasted to be believed. Throughout its 284-year long history, the Alvear family has managed to combine their eight generations of experience and long-term thinking to create Solera 1927. The PX (Pedro-Ximenez) grapes for this bottling are generally planted on exceptionally chalky soils that produce low yields (1.2 tons/acre) and optimally ripe grapes. Sugars are further concentrated by drying the berries on straw mats under the sun. A dense must is then obtained from the crushed raisins to produce a viscous “raisin juice”. The unique aging process of the Solera System, which in this case was inaugurated in 1927, ensures an intriguing mix of youthful and long aged flavors, as well as an amazingly high level of quality from bottling to bottling. Robert Parker awarded a prior incarnation this PX 96 points a few years back, and he has now awarded this edition a staggering 98 Points. Now that’s consistency! When one factors in its long aging along with the cost of fruit and the myriad of man-hours involved in maintaining the Solera, this under-the-radar find represents one of the most fantastic values in all the world of wine. In addition to a wide array of desserts, Solera 1927 is marvelous with blue-veined chesses and toasted almonds.
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  • BARBADILLO OBISPO GASCON PALO CORTADO SHERRY

    Item #: 376282
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS-"The NV Palo Cortado Obispo Gascon, produced from Palomino grapes averaging 20 years old, an...
    WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS-"The NV Palo Cortado Obispo Gascon, produced from Palomino grapes averaging 20 years old, and shows the telltale nose of Palo Cortado with its lactic touch and an off-dry nose of apricots, blond tobacco and spices. The palate is dominated by the salty notes (common to all Barbadillo wines), sharp, medium-bodied, with great length. Drink 2016-2019."
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  • BLANDY'S 75 SERCIAL MADEIRA

    Item #: 377060
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    WINE & SPIRITS 95 POINTS-This wine lasts for minutes on the palate, and I found myself grateful that the ghost of th...
    WINE & SPIRITS 95 POINTS-This wine lasts for minutes on the palate, and I found myself grateful that the ghost of the flavor kept me company for so long. It’s a flavor like no other in wine, though it’s possible to think of foods that bear a similar taste—spices like cumin and curry, a broth made of crab shells, the skin of green apples, the flesh of dates. Those are the components, but what’s interesting about the wine is how they come together, their interaction in the structure of the wine, vertical, then horizontal, then vertical again. It’s austerely refreshing, the ultimate partner for an herbed chestnut soup."
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  • BLANDY'S 79 VERDELHO MADEIRA

    Item #: 377051
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    WINE & SPRIRITS 94 POINTS-This smells like the spray off of orange zest, the wine bursting with fruit scents, then n...
    WINE & SPRIRITS 94 POINTS-This smells like the spray off of orange zest, the wine bursting with fruit scents, then narrowing into a long, nutty finish. The flavors keep shifting and changing long after each sip, spicy, smoky and dynamic. And each sip seems to expand, then contract, then expand again in a dynamic and luscious interplay of fruit and tannins. Firm, juicy and dry, this is compelling to drink with or after a meal. Open the bottle and contemplate the possibilities; you’ll have weeks—or months—to find the right match."
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  • BLANDY'S ALVADA 5 YR RICH MADEIRA 500ML

    Item #: 331489
    Bottle Size: 500
    Blandy's Alvada is the only blended Madeira available and is a 50-50 blend of the Bual and Malmsey grapes. It combines the lush, nutty tropical fla...
    Blandy's Alvada is the only blended Madeira available and is a 50-50 blend of the Bual and Malmsey grapes. It combines the lush, nutty tropical flavors of Bual with the rich, molasses-like flavors of Malmsey. Alvada has a long, lingering and bright finish.
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  • BLANDYS 10 YEAR SERCIAL MADEIRA 500ML

    Item #: 376657
    Bottle Size: 500
    A fine aged Sercial with a delicate fresh fruit flavours and a lingering dry tangy finish. The 10 years in oak have lent this Madeira an attractive...
    A fine aged Sercial with a delicate fresh fruit flavours and a lingering dry tangy finish. The 10 years in oak have lent this Madeira an attractive nuttiness.
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  • BLANDYS 15 MALMSEY 500

    Item #: 375528
    Bottle Size: 500ML
    Wine Spectator: 92
    WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS - " Very sweet, along with a burnt quality to the molasses, caramel and walnut fla...
    WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS - " Very sweet, along with a burnt quality to the molasses, caramel and walnut flavors, this is balanced and powerful, ending with a long aftertaste of burnt caramel. Fine harmony and intensity. Drink now."
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  • BLANDYS 5YR BUAL MAD 750

    Item #: 305680
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    This Bual is a medium rich Madeira, quite dark in color and much appreciated as an accompaniment to desserts. Five years in oak casks have given th...
    This Bual is a medium rich Madeira, quite dark in color and much appreciated as an accompaniment to desserts. Five years in oak casks have given this distinctive Madeira great concentration and flavor and a powerful albeit mellowed bouquet.
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  • BLANDYS 5YR MALMSEY MADEIRA

    Item #: 325836
    Bottle Size: 750ML
  • BLANDYS 5YR SERCIAL 750

    Item #: 305700
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    "Served slightly chilled, this is the perfect example of how this style of Madeira fits into place at even the most modern of dinner parties. Its i...
    "Served slightly chilled, this is the perfect example of how this style of Madeira fits into place at even the most modern of dinner parties. Its innate nuttiness, combined with a lovely dried citrus fruit edge, makes it the perfect foil to a plate of salted almonds, freshly cut spicy chorizo or picquillo peppers. It leaves the palate feeling crisp, clean and very refreshed". S JONES WINE MAGAZINE
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  • BLANDYS 5YR VERDELHO 750

    Item #: 378146
    Bottle Size: 750ML
  • BLANDYS RAINWATER 750

    Item #: 305690
    Bottle Size: 750ML


    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
    "The non-vintage Rainwater Medium Dry has an uncomplicated marmalade and wax resin nose. T...




    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
    "The non-vintage Rainwater Medium Dry has an uncomplicated marmalade and wax resin nose. The palate is light and smooth, with the toffee component rounding out the finish. It is not as complex as Barbeito’s Rainwater, but should offer pleasure if slightly chilled and served as an aperitif."
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  • BODEGAS FAUSTINO CRUZ VIEJA FINO EN RAMA 1/62 JEREZE SUPERIOR

    Item #: 376831
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS-"The NV Fino en Rama Cruz Vieja is an unfiltered and un-fined Fino aged for an average of fi...
    WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS-"The NV Fino en Rama Cruz Vieja is an unfiltered and un-fined Fino aged for an average of five to seven years under 'flor'. It has a textbook Fino nose of albariza soil, esparto grass, green olives and iodine, balanced and pungent. It has a medium-bodied palate with some volume and sweet green olive flavors. Only 1.260 bottles produced, which are for now sold in Spain and Japan."-12/14.
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  • BROADBENT 10 YEAR SERCIAL MADEIRA

    Item #: 336514
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Aromas of old wood and candied, roasted nuts lead to a very bright, energetic palate. Flavors of candied orange, toffee and buttered pecans are per...
    Aromas of old wood and candied, roasted nuts lead to a very bright, energetic palate. Flavors of candied orange, toffee and buttered pecans are perfectly balanced by lively acidity. Though this is fortified wine and we have it listed as a "dessert wine," it really would be best served as either an aperitif, served slightly chilled, or paired with the right dish -- seared scallops work quite well, as would any richer, cream and/or cheese-based dish.
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  • BROADBENT 10YR MALMS 750

    Item #: 377164
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    WINE ENTHUSIAST 90 POINTS- The Madeira regulations say that 10-years old is the age of the youngest part of the blen...
    WINE ENTHUSIAST 90 POINTS- The Madeira regulations say that 10-years old is the age of the youngest part of the blend. So this richly sweet Malmsey contains many older wines. These are shown in the old gold color, the proper citrus acidity and the dryness that goes with wood aging. At the end, though, the liquid honey flavors are dominant. Aged in oak casks for at least 10 years. A superb, full-bodied, wonderfully rich Madeira with a sweet, rich chocolaty flavor and a concentrated bouquet. Best enjoyed with desserts, or on its own after a meal. But when accompanied by cookies, fruit pies, even dark chocolate desserts it pairs wonderfully! Sweetest Madeiea (8%/10% Rs)
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  • BROADBENT 10YR VERDELHO MADEIRA

    Item #: 375476
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    The wine offers aromas of orange rind and walnuts with notes of dried figs and dates. Hints of sweetness are lifted by good acidity and an impressi...
    The wine offers aromas of orange rind and walnuts with notes of dried figs and dates. Hints of sweetness are lifted by good acidity and an impressive finish.
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  • BROADBENT 5YR OLD MADEIRA RESERVE

    Item #: 371096
    Bottle Size: 750ML
  • COLOMBO MARSALA DRY 750

    Item #: 342220
    Bottle Size: 750ML
  • COLOMBO MARSALA SWEE 750

    Item #: 342221
    Bottle Size: 750ML
  • COSSART 10YR BUAL 750

    Item #: 320830
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS-Intense and concentrated, with a broad array of dark chocolate, maple, smoke and baked peac...
    WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS-Intense and concentrated, with a broad array of dark chocolate, maple, smoke and baked peach. Enjoy it on a cool autumn night. Wine Medium-Sweet (5%/6% Rs)
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  • COSSART 15YR BUAL MADEIRA 500ML

    Item #: 320820
    Bottle Size: 500ML
    WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS-Viscous and on the sweet side, but still fresh and lively, with orange peel, glazed apricot...
    WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS-Viscous and on the sweet side, but still fresh and lively, with orange peel, glazed apricot and maple flavors. Very lively finish of bourbon and spice. Driest Madeira (1%-3% Residual Sugar)
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  • COSSART 5YR BUAL MADEIRA 750ML med-swt 5%-6%

    Item #: 340950
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    WINE ENTHUSIAST 90 POINTS-Luscious, medium-rich Madeira with great concentration of flavor and a complex bouquet. Be...
    WINE ENTHUSIAST 90 POINTS-Luscious, medium-rich Madeira with great concentration of flavor and a complex bouquet. Best served with drier salty cheeses such as Aged Gouda or creamy desserts.Bual grape (medium-sweet) 5% to 6% rs. Excellent with cheeses & light desserts.
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  • DIOS BACO CREAM SHER 750

    Item #: 378216
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Mahog any color, concentrated aromas of smoky, dried fruits, smooth and luscious, rich and complex and very long on the palate. This wine is ...
    Mahog any color, concentrated aromas of smoky, dried fruits, smooth and luscious, rich and complex and very long on the palate. This wine is a perfect companion to light desserts and cakes, but can also be served with cheeses, or simply as a sweet digest if. 18º Palomino grape and Pedro Ximénez Roasted and mild flavor.
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  • DIOS BACO ELITE MEDIUM AMONTILLAD 750ML

    Item #: 378579
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Spectator: 90
    WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS - "A hint of sweetness softens this full-bodied Amontillado. It evolves from carame...
    WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS - "A hint of sweetness softens this full-bodied Amontillado. It evolves from caramel and toffee flavors to roasted almond and coffee as the sweetness gives way to a firm, dry finish."

    WINE ENTHUSIAST 90 POINTS "With a nose of toffee, dried apricot, cocoa powder and rancio, this is classic off-dry amontillado. It feels fresh and active, then tastes rich and moderately sweet, with flavors of hazelnut, caramel, toasted banana, orange and spice. Nutty and smooth on the finish."
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  • DIOS BACO FINO SHERRY 750 BULERIA BODEGAS

    Item #: 378578
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Spectator: "A classic fino, though lacking a little intensity and complexity. Light-weight, with straw, apple and almond notes taking on a sa...
    Wine Spectator: "A classic fino, though lacking a little intensity and complexity. Light-weight, with straw, apple and almond notes taking on a salty bite. Drink now."
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