Rey Fernando de Castilla "Antique" Palo Cortado Jerez (500ml)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The amber-colored NV Antique Palo Cortado has a clean, changing, lifted nose of white chocolate, orange marmalade, almonds and incense, while the balanced palate comes through quite intense, sharp, with good acidity and length. 3,000 bottles were filled. Drink 2013-2019. (LG)
A dry, piercing style, with a lovely orange blossom note that gives way quickly to sea salt, dried orange peel, walnut, bitter almond and cardamom accents. This offers a bright, brisk finish. Drink now.
Orange, spice, citrus and salt on the nose. Pungent, spicy oak and attractively bold flavours and a long peanut finish. Really beautiful stuff.
Burnt umber colour. Rich, almost biscuity, aroma, fragrant as much as intense with a delicate bitter-caramel note and severely reduced apricots. Gorgeous aroma. Texture feels light and clean, the power refined. Much the most delicate of the palo cortados tasted in this line up. Very persistent. (JH)
Lots of attention has recently been placed on the historic region and stunning wines of Jerez. Given all the newspaper articles, restaurant by-the-glass placements, even a serious new book on the topic, the spotlight has generally avoided Rey Fernando de Castilla. Now that we finally have the wines available to us in California, it is our intention to change that and spread the word about this wonderful house. Founded in 1999 by Jan Petterson, a Norwegian who is a long-time veteran of the Sherry trade, these are excellent Sherries across the board, particularly the antique line featuring some very old, carefully kept up soleras. Petterson has proven to be quite the visionary, placing his bets on very high quality, limited production wines a good decade prior to the rise in interest in top quality, collectible Sherry. These wines are all of the highest quality and come highly recommended. (Joe Manekin, K&L Sherry buyer)