Friday, 6 April 2018

Palo Cortado 12 YO Great Duke 18%, Juan Piñero

Bright deep amber - chestnut with old gold reflections.
Elegant and attractive with lots of almond and hazelnut with a hint of salted caramel and the faintest background bitterness. It resembles a fairly young Amontillado and there are gentle notes of vanilla and American oak, and a faint suggestion of orange peel, really quite fragrant.
Again elegant, and reasonably light, perhaps more in the Amontillado style, but there is a little more weight on the palate. It has a decent acidity and lightness of touch which could only come from Sanlúcar. It is at a lovely stage of development where one can make out clearly the origins of the wine and there is a distinct and attractive Manzanilla note to it.
This is one of a new range consisting of Oloroso, Amontillado and Palo Cortado all sold at 12 years old. It replaces the equivalent old range and the bodega assures me it is exactly the same, just a new label, though I seem to remember a little more body. The choice of name is down to what they feel would sell better in export markets. Nonetheless, it is a delicious wine. The mosto is supplied from the pago Hornillos by Vina Callejuela, and the PC solera has three criaderas with one saca each year.
15,75 Licores Corredera

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