Saturday, 2 August 2014

Palo Cortado Viejisimo1/5 21%, Cayetano del Pino

Amber with copper traces fading to trace of green at the rim. Legs.
Most attractive, well developed, intense and forthcoming, fresh and incredibly refined. Lots of toasted hazelnuts and almonds, hints of wax, oak, walnut and old bodega barrels. Full and very complex yet fresh and clean.
Full, crisp and fresh, a hint of vanilla and intensely nutty with a certain walnutty bitterness and a touch of wood tannin countered by gentle glyceric sweetness which balances it out nicely. Full-on flavour and terrific length. A beautiful wine.
This is the older of the two Palos Cortados offered by the bodega. It is about 35 years old and comes from a solera of just five butts. This is fed from a 22 butt Palo Cortado solera from which some wine is sold at around 15 years average age. The wine is bottled with minimal filtration by Sanchez Romate. International Wine Challenge Gold Medal 2014
£ 21.00 per half bottle only available from the Wine Society.

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