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The main occupation of Don Juan García Jarana is running a motorcycle shop, ‘Dos ruedas’, in Jerez, but in his spare time he also manages a 100 year old bodega in the Santiago neighbourhood, which holds around 300 butts. It includes Finos, Amontillados, Olorosos and PX. His Olorosos are widely acclaimed and Lustau have been bottling his Oloroso ‘Pata de Gallina’ in their Almacenista series since 1989.
“Pata de Gallina” means hen’s foot and it is a chalk mark put on sherry butts that display an above average richness and smoothness.
The wine is nearly 20 years old and comes from the oldest solera in the bodega consisting of 38 butts (hence 1/38 on the label). It is thought to have started off as a Palo Cortado and then evolved to an Oloroso profile, which would explain its elegance.
Deep mahogany in colour, the nose is spice, toffee and hints of sweetness. The palate is rich and powerful with notes of dried fruits and a touch of citrus to add freshness. The finish is very long.