Cesar Florido "Peña del Aguila" Palo Cortado (375ml)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The NV Pena del Aguila Palo Cortado, produced from 25-year-old Palomino vines from albariza soils in pago Miraflores, has had five years of biological aging before completing the oxidative cycle, something not so common for a Palo Cortado. Dark amber in color, it has an intense nose of incense, white chocolate, marmalade, nuts, old wood and smoke. The medium-bodied palate brings back the mahogany wood and hazelnut flavors, ending dry and a tad warm. Drink 2013-2017.
What a rare, tongue twirling, delicious old sherry! Cesar Florido is, to my knowledge, the only practicing bodeguero commercializing wine in the village of Chipiona, technically outside of the Sherry triangle (though it sits right along the Atlantic Ocean and is a prime place to age sherry oxidatively as well as under flor). Florido is known for his excellent, sweet Moscatel, but one could argue that his finos are every bit as delicious, as are his carefully aged amontillado, oloroso, and very old palo cortado. Literally from a three bota solera containing wine that averages 40 years old, this palo cortado has endless length and complexity on the palate, and is a real treat for any avid sherry drinker. While in Jerez, Sanlucar and Chipiona in March of 2011, this was possibly the best wine I tasted, and certainly in my top three. (Joe Manekin, K&L Sherry buyer)