Aged: No age statement
Product of: Spain
From Gonzalez Byass' Tio Pepe solera, this wine was selected from rare casks which retained a delicate covering of Flor despite being ten years old and was drawn from the casks during the 2011 'Saca de Otoño' (Autumn). Bottled unfiltered and unclarified, just 0.9 of a barrel was released.
This delicate fino sherry 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
Clear, dark golden.
Buttery almond with vanilla, spiced oak and acacia honey. Very faint menthol.
Bone dry and acidic but deliciously so.
Mouth-watering - literally. Acidic finish with pronounced minerality and drying oakiness.