Great quality PC. As others have noted the alc level is a touch high. Loads of things going on in this - the nose leads you in with spicy orange, brandy like notes and this follows through to the palates, then those saline salty notes and a long dry finish. And once your glass is empty you can still get the aromas lingering some 30 minutes later before it is rinsed out.
Dinner @ B & A's: Blind. Lovely burnt sienna colour. The nose, palate and our host's predilection make me think amontillado, but no, so must be PC. Dry, quite rich in the nutty to burnt caramel spectrum. A little forceful on the finish. Lots of interest and complexity here. Bare ****
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(NV Cayetano del Pino Palo Cortado) The wine in question, a Palo Cortado, has an average age of approximately twelve years, and is bottled under screwcap (don't let that put you off). It has a gloriously toasty-golden hue in the glass. Aromatically it offers notes of toasted almond, tinged with vanilla and with a coffee and caramel harmony to it. Like the best palo cortados it shows a very silky substance (I hope with my limited experience I can say this - it has long seemed to me a distinguishing feature of the style) on the start of the palate, before revealing more substance and weight in the middle, and then a really appealing grip and a dry, lip-smacking finish. There are notes of almond and hazelnut, all with that toasty overlay, but most importantly a very harmonious integration of structure and flavour. And a long, long finish. Delightfully elegant and impressive. And, like so many of these wines, just amazing value for money.
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