The older of the two Palo Cortados I tasted in this sitting was the NV La Bota de Palo Cortado 72 'Pata de Gallina,' bottled at an average age of 35 years (it would qualify for a VORS if they wanted) and of Jerez origin. It was sourced from the Almacenista Juan García Jarana and then matured in the Fernando de Castilla winery. It spent some 30 years in a solera of casks filled to 5/6 of their volume and the last five years untouched in six 500-liter butts that belong to Equipo Navazos in the cellars of Fernando de Castilla. It's powerful and elegant, with the oxidative style more present. This is surprisingly elegant, with lots of finesse, nuances and character and a very long, tasty finish. Number 34 was an earlier edition of this same wine. 2,000 half-liter bottles in were filled in January 2017. (LG)
Pretty peanut, toffee, sesame, burnt orange peel and walnut notes mingle here. Echoes of green tea and ginger permeate the finish. Mixes a rounded edge with a taut, nervy spine. Drink now. (JM)
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2016 Cold Hand Winery "Prunus Nigra" Stevnsbær Cherry / Eau de Vie Aged in Wine Casks, Denmark (500ml)