Gonzalez-Byass "Dos Palmas" Fino Sherry
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Gonzalez-Byass "Dos Palmas" Fino Sherry - NV

Item # 32620 500mL
$44.99/ Single Bottle
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$269.94 $242.95/ Case of 6
Grape Variety

Tasting Notes

Extremely limited Palma offering from Gonzalez-Byass. The series comes with four Finos that see extended flor aging. This is Palma Dos, which spends six to eight years under flor. Bone-dry, yeasty, and briny minerality with tart citrus characteristics.

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Staff Pick Notes

This is my favorite sherry. I've never had a favorite sherry before. To be honest, I've always felt a bit lame for not "getting" sherry. Sherry is unique! Sherry is historic! People (in the industry) have literally shown me their sherry tattoos. And when people show me these things, I've smiled and nodded and said something vague that made them think I maybe also had a sherry tat hiding somewhere. Because I'm cool, too. But I've never had an emotional reaction to a sherry, I've never craved it, and I've never gossiped with a friend over a big glass o' fino. This is the first sherry that made me consider doing any of those things. It's powerful but lithe, with electric acidity and vibrant salinity smoothed slightly by vanilla oak. I've had this sherry, and now I want more.


Astor's Glossary of Terms


Central to the Spanish winemaking philosophy is the belief that wine should be released only when it is ready to be consumed, and not a moment before. Spanish wine law focuses squarely on this issue: the terms Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are highly regulated indicators of the amount of time a wine has aged prior to its release. In Rioja, Navarra, and the Ribera del Duero (which have the...

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Sherry actually gets its name from our anglo-inability to pronounce the word “Jerez,” the town at the southern end of Spain in which the wine is produced. Like Champagne, Sherry can only be called Sherry if it comes from this specific region. That said, there are other “Sherry-styled” wines worthy of note produced outside of the Sherry D.O. (known as vinos generosos). Montilla, lying to the...

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Fino Sherries are the driest and most delicate of the lot. Here, the flor is at its thickest and most protective. This style of Sherry is light and refreshing - it spends an average of only three to five years in the solera. It should absolutely be consumed while young, within at most a year after its release. Fino Sherry works fantastically as an aperitif, as it pairs particularly well with...

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Accounting for over 90% of the vine plantings in Jerez, this relatively neutral grape provides the ideal “blank canvas” for the creation of fabulously complex Sherries (much like the Ugni Blanc grape does in Cognac).

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