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 VintageN.V. Label 1 of 3 
TypeWhite - Fortified
ProducerBodegas Hidalgo (web)
VarietyPalomino Fino
DesignationPalo Cortado "Wellington" 20 Years V.O.S.
UPC Code(s)737686115079

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2015 (based on 4 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.5 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 24 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by peternelson on 6/8/2015 & rated 92 points: Racion: Aromatic, lovely dried fruits with salty almonds, balanced savory notes (beef broth?); Macadamia richness but still bright with great concentration on the palate. Dry, medium body; great wine and completely rocked with lamb meatballs. (93 paired with the meatballs) (714 views)
 Tasted by henrygjeffreys on 2/14/2015: searingly dry, very long
pickled in acidity
Quite a challenging style
one to drink very very slowly
extremely long and complex (821 views)
 Tasted by xScottx on 11/27/2014: On the nose notes of brown sugar, apricot, spice, cinnamon, nutmeg. Very fresh and vibrant.
Palate, dry, med+ acid, long finish. dried fruits, apricot, cinnamon, orange, orange peel, candied fruits, nut, roasted nut, almond, walnut. (1014 views)
 Tasted by kenito799 on 11/24/2013 & rated 93 points: Bracing acidity conveys outstanding savory roasted nuts, saline minerals, caramel and woody notes, intense long finish. Fantastic. (1831 views)
 Tasted by vinatelia.com on 9/3/2013 & rated 93 points: Its amber color shows that It´s dense and full-bodied. This is clean as well.

On the nose it has a médium-high intensity, and it´s complex. old wood, dry fruits, caramel, roasted aromas and hints of sweet and saline aromas. It seems like fino, amontillado and oloroso at the same time.

On the palate the flavors are the same; at the beginning it´s a little bit sweet, and then it shows almonds and saline aromas, which are present in a long final, which is a little bit bitter.

More info in: http://www.vinatelia.com/2013/09/jerez-cortado-wellington.html

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 Tasted by Harley1199 on 8/26/2013: Just returning home after my Camino de Santiago, almost 1.000 kilometres, connecting Roncesvalles and Santiago, crossing some of our most amazing wine regions (Navarra, Rioja, Bierzo, Valdeorras, Ribeiro and Rias Baixas).
Matching some gazpacho snaps and gordal olives. This is a fantastic PC VOS, still pungent and savory. Definitively this is a very fine wine.

Justo he vuelto del Camino de Santiago, casi mil kilómetros, conectando Roncesvalles y Santiago, cruzando algunas de nuestras más impresionantes regiones vinicolas (Navarra, Rioja, Bierzo, Ribeiro y Rías Baixas).
Maridando algunos chupitos de gazpacho y aceitunas gordal.
Es un PC VOS fantástico, aún pungente y sabroso. Definitivamente esun vino muy bueno. (2076 views)
 Tasted by Harley1199 on 7/25/2013: This's a wine I'm devoted and have been for many many years but this bottle was a Special one.
Smells like a candy shop for adults, I mean, toffee but also sweet woods and hazelnuts. Profound.
Delicious on the palate, dense and very long.
Always strikes my mind this VOS

Soy devoto de este vino y lo he sido desde hace muchos años pero esta botella era una especial.
Huele a tienda de chuches para adultos, quiero decir, a toffee pero también a madera dulce y a anacardos. Profundo.
Delicioso en boca, denso y muy largo.
Siempre me golpea este VOS (1812 views)
 Tasted by Harley1199 on 5/14/2013: Still a traditional, trustable, authentic PC VOS.
Terrific value at 12€.
Mahogany colour for a bitter nuts aroma.
Profound and creamy on the palate. Richly complex.
Finally grilled shellfishes were perfectly.

Todavía un PC VOS tradicional, de confianza, auténtico.
Un chollo de 12 €
Color caoba para un aroma a almendras amargas.
En boca profundo y cremoso. Ricamente compleja.
Finalmente unas galeras a la plancha fueron perfectamente. (1809 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 4/11/2013 & rated 93 points: Medium dark amber color with 1 millimeter clear meniscus and deep orange lights color; aromatic, refined, cantaloupe, nut oil, almond oil, peanut oil, sweet ginger cake nose; rich, tasty, elegant, very oily textured, almond oil, walnut oil palate with orange acidity; long finish (17.5% alcohol) (307 views)
 Tasted by Harley1199 on 1/11/2013: OMG, it's true that I'm falling in love with this PC, again.
This bottle seemed to have double of everything: Toffee, bitter butter and a touch of mineral (saline) goodness.
Outstanding for what it is.
Perfectly paired with a homemade tagliatelle in curry sauce with shrimps.

Oh Dios mío, de nuevo estoy enamorándome de este PC.
Parecía esta botella tener el doble de todo: caramelo de café, mantequilla amarga y ese toque salino de cosa buena.
Buenísimo para lo que es.
Perfectamente acompañó a unos tagliatelli caseros con crema de curry y gambas. (1164 views)
 Tasted by Nosey Nose on 12/25/2012 & rated 88 points: The peanut oil comment is right on. What ever you do, don't think of peanut oil when you taste this...it will ruin the wine. Don't think of it. I had lots of notes before reading that and, now, I can't think of any...just peanut oil. Truly, though, this is fun to drink, although a little hard to figure out. It has some burnt notes, perhaps overly browned butter with a bitter edge that lasts on the back of the palate. VERY dry and saline at mid with some burnt veggie at mid. Even so, interesting. (1081 views)
 Tasted by winesteward on 12/21/2012 & rated 92 points: Brilliant mahogany/red. on the nose, caramel, toffee and nuts. Very dry and nutty. There is a fair amount of acidity that makes this a very appetizing and clean drink. Impressive length. Excellent sherry. (940 views)
 Tasted by Harley1199 on 12/8/2012: Great as aperitif matching langoustines.
Perfect mahogany colour for a lovely milky nose of bitter butter. Complex all the way.
Palate showed delicious, more citric than woody. Toffee-flavoured without any sweet, then balanced.
As Palo Cortado must be.

Perfecto color caoba para una rica nariz lechosa con mantequilla agria. Compleja todo el camino.
En boca se mostró deliciosa, más cítrica que amaderada. Acaramelada sin ningún dulzor, por lo tanto equilibrada.
Como el Palo Cortado debe ser.
Grande maridando langostinos. (940 views)
 Tasted by Harley1199 on 11/14/2012: So good this one. A reflexive bottle to be enjoyed slouched in a wing chair.
Precious clean mahogany colour
Complex nutty nose of bitter butter and fresh bread. Delicious. Well integrated alcohol.
Gliceric oxidized mouthfeel. Rich and long aftertaste.
But after all it´s only a VOS, isn´t it? Most important, this is a real PC.
Dedicated to Well integrated alcohol
Well integrated alcohol
Dedicated to a frightful snob like someone is.

¡Qué buena! Una botella para reflexionar mientras se disfruta repanchingado en un sillón orejero.
Precioso y claro color caoba.
Compleja nariz anuezada con mantequilla amarga y pan recien hecho. Deliciosa. Alcohol bien integrado.
Sensación en boca oxidada y glicérica. Rico y largo postgusto.
Pero después de todo es sólo un VOS, ¿no? Lo más importantes es que es un PC de verdad.
Dedicado al que dícese del que imita lo distinguido para presumir. (878 views)
 Tasted by yofog on 9/16/2012 & rated 91 points: Caramel and walnut nose with a vegetal undertone, this is super smooth on the palate but I felt it lacked definition. A bit dull, perhaps, but that's a harsh thing to say for an otherwise serious wine. Maybe it was just a little too sweet for me, but I actually prefer the Napoleon. (814 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 1/8/2012 & rated 93 points: Spanish-Themed Sunday Euro Lunch (Donato Enoteca, Redwood City, California): Medium amber color with ruby and golden lights; rich, nutty, peanut, peanut oil nose; tasty, rich, peanut oil, peanut, almond butter palate; very long finish 93+ points (1285 views)
 Tasted by Harley1199 on 7/16/2011: Waterloo revival: a potent and pungent Napoleon is not rival to that darker, turbid and self-confident Wellignton PC. A vegetables and ample nose versus wet towel smells. Fot a keen on PC like me, Wellington is clearly a superior sherry but the Emperor still rules my nose. Even knowing the result, love this battle.

Reposición de Waterloo: un potente y punzante Napoleón no es rival para ese turbio, más obscuro y seguro de si mismo PC Wellington. Una amplia nariz a vegetales versusolores a paño mojado. Por un fanático del PC como yo, Wellington es claramente un jerez superior pero el Emperador todavía reina en mi nariz. Incluso sabiendo el resultado, adoro esta batalla. (1724 views)
 Tasted by garambler on 11/13/2010 & rated 92 points: I opened a bottle of this for my 11/13/10 Sherry tasting. My notes matched the ones from 8/17/10. It did, however, seem much less impressive…it just couldn’t stand up to some of the truly awesome wines we tasted. 91+ (1746 views)
 Tasted by garambler on 8/17/2010 & rated 93 points: I opened this at the end of our 8/17/10 backyard BBQ. It had a wonderful bouquet of almond, walnut, toffee and mineral aromas. The palate was full, dry, smooth and balanced with flavors that followed the nose. It was a big hit with our guests. (1789 views)
 Tasted by SteveG on 6/2/2010 & rated 93 points: Delicious! Adult dessert, totally dry (& strongly tart when even slightly cool), but powerful confectionery scent and flavors of caramel, maple, nuts. As expected just a bit lighter than Oloroso, really long finish. (1917 views)
 Tasted by KVM on 3/18/2010 & rated 88 points: Nose of almands, toasted grain, and caramel. Fairly broad and full favoured in a refreshing, crisp package. Salty. Very good. Serve at about 16 degrees C, not fridge cold (1871 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (4/24/2014)
(NV Hidalgo, Wellington VOS Palo Cortado rez - Xérès - Sherry White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Victoria Daskal
JancisRobinson.com (11/5/2008)
(NV Hidalgo, Jerez Wellington Palo Cortado VOS rez - Xérès - Sherry White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (4/11/2013)
(NV Bodegas Hidalgo Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Palo Cortado "Wellington" 20 Years V.O.S.) Medium dark amber color with 1 millimeter clear meniscus and deep orange lights color; aromatic, refined, cantaloupe, nut oil, almond oil, peanut oil, sweet ginger cake nose; rich, tasty, elegant, very oily textured, almond oil, walnut oil palate with orange acidity; long finish (17.5% alcohol)  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/8/2012)
(NV Bodegas Hidalgo Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Palo Cortado "Wellington" 20 Years V.O.S.) Medium amber color with ruby and golden lights; rich, nutty, peanut, peanut oil nose; tasty, rich, peanut oil, peanut, almond butter palate; very long finish 93+ points  93 points
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Spain is the third largest wine producing nation in the world, occupying the majority of the Iberian Peninsula with vast diversity in climate, culture, and of course, wine. From inky, dark reds of the [Priorat] to dry, white Finos from Andalusia, Spain can easily boast of elaborating a wide variety of notable styles. Within Spain there are currently 62 demarcated wine regions, of which a handful have gained international recognition: [Rioja], Priorat and [Ribera del Duero]. Yet these regions are only a small sample of the high quality wines Spain produces. Regions such as Cava, Penedes, Somontano, Galicia, Rueda and Jerez are only a few of the numerous regions worthy of exploration throughout Spain. Spain can also lay claim to having the most land under vine in the world, growing up to, by some accounts, 600 indigenous varietals of which Tempranillo is their most well known. Other popular varietals include [Garnacha], Bobal and Monastrell for reds and for whites; the infamous Palomino Fino grape which is used in the production of sherry wine, Pedro Ximenez in Montilla Morilles, Albarino used in the creation of the bright, effervescent wines of Galicia, and Verdejo in Rueda. - Source: - Catavino.net

Spain is not in the forefront of winemaking for its dessert wines, other than for its sweet wines from Sherry country including the highly revered Olorosos and Amontillados. But apart from Sherry Spain has a range of styles of dessert wines, ranging from the those made from the Pedro Ximenez grape primarily in Jerez and Montilla-Moriles) to luscious, red dessert wines made in the Mediterranean from the Garnacha (Grenache) grape. Some good Moscatels are made in Mallorca, Alicante and Navarre. The northwest corner of Spain, Galicia, with its bitter Atlantic climate, is even making dessert wines, called “Tostadillos” in the village of Ribadivia (similar to France’s “Vin de Paille”). The Canary Islands have made interesting dessert wines for centuries (they are mentioned by Shakespeare, for example) and in recent years the quality of winemaking has been improved and the Canary Islands wines are being better marketed now. The winemaking styles for “Vinos Dulces” are also diverse, from “Late Harvest” (Vendimia Tardía) to “Fortified Wines” (Fermentación Parcial). Based on in-spain.info.


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