An exploration of wine

570. Lustau, Palo Cortado Sherry Almacenista Vides, NV (2011)

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Book 4 Wine 570
£13.50 / 37.5cl; 19%

Continuing a theme of old, rarer, quality Sherries – particularly Palo Cortado – I picked this up from Lustau’s Almacenista series. Drunk side-by-side with the Equipo Navazos Bota 21, this proved to be good, though less complex and intense; softer. Deeper amber than Bota 21, with hints of olive at the broad golden-copper rim. Slightly meaty, cinnamon and sweet-spice led nose with hints of mixed peel, hazelnut and cocoa. Bone dry, but sweet marmalade fruit. Some oak tannin and cheesy rancio, wrapped in oaky, spicy notes through the medium+ finish. Nice, though not as great as the Bota 21.

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