Palo Cortado en rama 2002 500ml
saca de enero 2019 *only 1 magnificent bottle
Fresh, floral, elegant nose of mixed peel, orange rind, preserved lemon in the jar full of salt and the odd bay leaf, nutty but so much toasted nuts but more gentle almond meal and cereal grains. Rich and silky through the middle. Almost searingly intense mineral finish where its Fino roots assert themselves in an iodine twang and briny tidal pool notes. Palo Cortados are rare beasts, and this is a particularly fine example. FWC.
As with the other wines, the fruit source is Pagos Añina and Carrascal. This wine is from a fruit selection of extremely fine young material which Paola hoped might develop naturally into a Palo Cortado. It was set to age oxidatively from the get-go, in topped barrels fortified to 18 degrees. After 17 years’ ageing the wine was finally classifed Palo Cortado in 2018, and this is its first bottling as such. Extremely fine and silky wine, elegant and mineral. Golden mahogany to look at, complex tobacco-timber-mineral aromas, delicate and subtle in the mouth, the elusive fine-unctuous double nature of Palo Cortado in clear view. Balanced persistence in a really long finish. Scott Wasley, The Spanish Acquisition.