Thursday, 27 July 2017

Palo Cortado Añada 1987 21.9%, González Byass

Beautiful bright clear deep mahogany with copper glints.
Impressive, very fresh, rich, full and extremely refined with a roundness that comes of  maturity. Lots of hazelnut and almond and hints of toasted bread, tobacco and subtle hints of oak and exotic woods. This is a complex and delightful wine which one could sniff for hours.
Full bodied, almost powerful, with a lovely nutty texture and deeply flavoured with those notes of tobacco and wood. It is beautifully balanced and despite its power, not over the top to drink. A certain glycerine content rounds it off beautifully and it has almost interminable length. A classic.
As its maker, Antonio Flores, puts it the wine "has reached its fullness and is one step from glory". And he is quite right, it is wonderful. Of the 200 butts laid down as vintage wine, only 987 bottles of this  Palo Cortado were produced. It was made from gently pressed grapes (using a Willmes hydraulic press) as only the finest must will do. It was aged in Consejo-sealed butts with a 100 litre headspace and bottled en rama. Butts not selected were either bottled for senior company staff or blended into soleras.
218.00 euros ex bodega

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