Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Palo Cortado VORS 19.5% Tradicion

Amber tinged old gold, legs.
Delicate and restrained at first but opens up gradually with lots of hazelnuts and hints of bitter almonds and very slightly salty, bitter, yet at the same time there is a suspicion of sweetness: turron, sugared almonds, and polished furniture, it is a very Amontillado nose, very complex, ever evolving and ever growing in intensity. Delightful.
Generous in flavour and texture yet fairly light and extremely elegant but still growing in intensity, a certain crispness even bitterness and saltiness from long lost flor give way to sweetish walnutty and savoury oxidative Oloroso notes which vie with hints of grippy oak to add complexity. So much is happening in the glass, nothing excessive, all in perfect balance with terrific length. This is an elegant beauty and a character at the same time.
At a mere 32 years of age, this is the youngest wine  Tradicion produce (apart from the PX, the Cream and the Fino). This was bottle no. 41 of the 2,500 released unfiltered in 2014.
£55-60 per 75cl bottle. UK agents Raeburn Fine wines.

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