Gonzalez Byass Cuatro Palmas Amontillado Sherry

Difford's Guide

alc./vol: 21%

Proof: 42°

Vintage: Non-vintage

Aged: 40 years

Product of: Product of Spain Spain

An extremely rare, fine 40 year old sherry, Cuatro Palmas was drawn from six casks known as 'Museo Solera' during the 2011 'Saca de Otoño' (Autumn), and bottled unfiltered and unclarified. A total of 0.45 barrels were released.

Cuatro Palmas can be kept for up to 2 years and should be stored in a room where the temperature is relatively stable (ideally around 10°C-12°C), chilled immediately prior to drinking, and consumed within six months of bottling.

The ‘Palmas’ name refers to the mark chalked onto a fino cask by the cellar-master to indicate those casks where the micro-climate in that part of the bodega, and in that particular cask, have led to an abundant growth of flor on the surface of the wine. This marking is a line with marks added to this line to indicate the extent of the developing flor. Thus the marking starts to resemble a palm and palmas is Spanish for palm.

It is rare to flor to last for more than 5 years. Usually between one and four years the flor will start to become patchy as it dies and falls to the bottlom of the wine. Thus the Palma Range with wines which have retained a flor from six to ten years are extremely rare examples.

Review and Tasting

Sampled on 02/11/2011


Slight cloudy, burnished copper appearance.


Salty oxidised nose with a touch of madeira cake and an aroma reminiscent of a sack of fresh mussels.


Enormous, almost brandy-like dry palate with an umami character and sercial madeira.


Medium woody finish with lingering boatyard varnish.

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Produced by: Gonzalez Byass SA
UK distribution by: Amber Beverage UK