Palo Cortado remains one of our most loved dry sherries of all times notwithstanding the fact that it is also one of the rarest items in the DRY sherry category, provided it occured naturally and not concocted & manipulated by men. It starts off its life as a Fino but is then separated from the solera system to age oxidatively for a brief period of time like an Oloroso if the capataz thinks it possesses a far superior quality and has the potential to become something great.
This La Bota 34 de Palo Cortado bottled by Equipo Navazos was actually raised by Fernando de Castilla in Jerez de la Frontera. It combines finesse, power, expressiveness and elegance with prominent notes of blood orange, mandarin peel and toasted nuts. An excellent drink with sashimi style Carabineros and sweet Botan Ebi prawns. To complete the experience, take a sip of this Palo Cortado, then suck out the juices from the fresh Botan Ebi or Carabineros heads, and followed immediately by another small sip before you get on with the prawn flesh. Truly magical for a wine that’s at least 25 years of age and had seen its fair share of oxygen.
Super rare these days and as much as MT would like to hide all of the bottles in the cellar (only 3000 bottles were produced in 2012), some of these babies can be spared for like-minded sherry and wine lovers. Just drop us a text!