Sunday, 17 April 2016

Palo Cortado 18.5%, Juan Piñero

Light amber, fairly young looking, copper tints and legs.
Fairly full and broad, hints of wax, toasted nuts, light salinity, glyceric sweetness, caramel and vanilla from American oak with the slightest savoury twinge. On the surface it has the Amontillado characteristics, but the oxidative Oloroso notes are there in the background. Quite young, this is really interesting. and has the characteristics of both.
Big, generous and open textured, this is very Oloroso on the palate: plenty of volatile acidity, and up to a point the alcohol, give it an assertive quality which balances out the glycerol leaving a gentle tang. Quite spicy with traces of oak which give way to a long, clean and fairly complex finish.
This interesting and very good wine is made from grapes from the Sanlúcar pago of El Hornillo, the wine derives from selected butts of Manzanilla with only 1-2 years of crianza biológica followed by many years of crianza oxidativa in a solera with 3 criaderas. Only one saca per year.
10.91 Euros

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