Antonio Barbadillo "Obispo Gascón" Palo Cortado

SKU #994650 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The NV Palo Cortado Obispo Gascon, produced from Palomino grapes averaging 20 years old, and shows the telltale nose of Palo Cortado with its lactic touch and an off-dry nose of apricots, blond tobacco and spices. The palate is dominated by the salty notes (common to all Barbadillo wines), sharp, medium-bodied, with great length. Drink 2013-2019. (LG)  (8/2013)

91 points Wine Spectator

 A plump style, with glazed peach, toasted pecan and ginger notes backed by elegant green tea, ginger and incense accents. The very dry, walnut- and iodine-edged finish holds on thanks to riveting acidity. Drink now. (JM)  (8/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 18-20 years old. From the third criadera. Refined and intense bitter orange and nutty burnt caramel aroma even though it's bone dry (< 5 g/l). Savoury and immensely concentrated. Refined power and incredibly complex. Elegant in its complexity. (JH) 17.5/20  (5/2014)

K&L Notes

Palo cortado is the rarest style of sherry. Basically it starts out with a thin layer of flor and is initially designated to be an amontillado. However, the flor dies off quicker than expected and therefore the wine is put into a separate solera consisting of similarly evolved wines. Expect a wine that is a bit richer than amontillado, but retains some of the salty, tangy qualities. This particular example is a richer palo cortado to be sure, with an assertive, spicy quality yet still plenty of freshness and style.

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By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2010 | Send Email
Lots of textural interest here for Sherry fans. This is a Palo Cortado that lives up to its name, combining the elegance of an Amontillado with some of the richness and the flavor signature of an Oloroso. Walnut, in a very dry, woodsy fashion, caramel, leather and raisin all make their appearance here. The finish is more austere, focused and dry than most true Olorosos would display; it never picks up the full sweetness and weight. Roast nuts and hard or blue cheeses play real nice with this.

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