Bright orange gold. Shy nose when cold, opens up to orange peel, oily salt, singed sugar, and a bit of alcohol. The palate is spicy, savory overripe citrus and roasted nuts, edged is brine and deep acidity, the very long finish shows much like the palate, with old wood and alcohol reminder. This wine nicely balances its aged fino character with wood aging, and just a little heat.
This is an absolutely gorgeous palo cortado. Great depth, but perhaps what is most noticeable is the smoothness, since sherry has a tendency to get sharper when it gets into "really old" territory. This retains characteristics of its biologically aged origins along with all those great oxidative characteristics that many others have described quite well below. A great value when purchased at the very lovely bodega in Jerez. Consumed down at Pawleys over a couple of nights.
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