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Each component of this wine (Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez) is aged independently in its own Solera. After blending, the result is a sweet wine.
Lustau may be the most reliable producer of sherry around.
In the bodegas, a team, headed by Juan Fuentes Romero, the Capataz General, has the responsibility for making sure that the Sherry blends maintain the high standards that have been set, for deciding on which butts of sherry are needed for a blend and how each butt is developing. The wine is created by nature: it is the job of the cellarmaster to ensure that nature receives every assistance possible.
In addition to their vast selection of reserve sherries, sells a line of Almacenista sherries, each from the cellar of a particular local businessman who ages the sherries as a hobby, not as a career. Their work in the cellar is professional, however, and their names appear on the labels as due recognition for their devotion to raising a distinctive and high-quality product.
Jerez has been a centre of viniculture since wine-making was introduced to Spain by the Phoenicians in 1100 BC. The practice was carried on by the Romans when they took control of Iberia around 200 BC. The Moors conquered the region in AD 711 and introduced distillation, which led to the development of brandy and fortified wine. The word "sherry" is an anglicization of Jerez. In earlier times, sherry was known as sack from the Spanish saca, meaning "a removal from the solera."