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Gonzalez Byass "Apóstoles" Palo Cortado VORS Jerez (375ml)

SKU #1062277 95 points Decanter

 Layers of mouthwatering flavours; dried fruits, peanut brittle, cream caramel, coffee, cedar and a beautifully luscious texture with freshness, lift and a long, rich finish. *Gold Medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2018*  (4/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The NV Apostoles VORS is a blend of Palomino made into Palo Cortado and 10% Pedro Ximenez, assembled after their first five years of aging after which they completed their 30 years in barrel together. It shows a mahogany color and a predominant note of raisins among the hazelnuts, candied fruit and sweet vanilla. The off-dry palate has intense flavors of dates, dry figs and raisins, with great persistence and length. The blending makes it very approachable and good to combine with cured cheeses. A unique, off-dry Palo Cortado. (LG)  (8/2013)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 A flagship wine of González Byass, Apóstoles is a blend of 18- to 20-year-old wines, including 13 percent from sweet Pedro Ximénez. That’s a high percentage for a Palo Cortado, but the strength of the Apóstoles base wine is such that it can absorb the intense sweetness, allowing it to add some gentleness to the wine. The salty flavors are wrapped in a layer of hazelnut tones, but the intense minerality is what predominates.  (10/2017)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 A unique and individual style of Sherry, even among palo cortados. It’s dark amber in color, with a pungent mix of aromas that include molasses, raw brown sugar, chocolate and campfire. Feels fresh on the tongue, with coffee, dark chocolate and core peach and citrus flavors. (MS)  (5/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Rather friendly for a Sherry, with ginger, almond paste, toffee and roasted peanut notes forming the core. A light bitter almond edge keeps the finish honest. Purists may decry the lack of austerity here, but if you want to ease someone into Sherry, this might be the way. (JM)  (12/2017)

K&L Notes

VORS means "Very Old and Rare Sherry." The solera from which the sherry is sourced must be an average age of 30 years, and only the very best older soleras are able to put the VORS label on their wine. Gonzales Byass is one of the dwindling number of shippers with soleras of this age and quality. To be more precise, this solera of Palo Cortado (the rarest style of sherry in production) began in 1862, in honor of a vineyard visit by Queen Isabel II. That is an old solera! A bit of Pedro Ximenez is blended in here which adds some sweetness to this very old Palo Cortado. It's a singular bottling from one of the best-known shippers in Jerez.

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