Lustau Palo Cortado "Peninsula"
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of my favorites among the drier, lighter-styled Sherries is the non-vintage Palo Cortado Peninsula. Medium amber-colored, with great balance, intensity, and acidity as well as a scorched earth/roasted nut character, it is a stunning, flavorful yet light, crisp Sherry.
Wine & Spirits
This refined Palo Cortado quickly moves beyond its initial almond syrup scents to focus on its saline side, with a mineral austerity that lasts through the finish. A powerful wine for charcuterie.
Dark amber in color, with maple, walnut and other sweet-meets-nutty aromas. Itís a bit tangy, but being as zesty as it is propels maple, white chocolate and apricot flavors. This one has depth and a very long finish, which makes it a regal but still approachable palo cortado. Overall itís similar to an amontillado, but with more pulsing, piercing acidity.
This leads with smoked orange peel and date notes, backed by a dry, defined core of clove, woodspice and prune eau de vie flavors that linger through the finish. Drink now.