Gonzalez-Byass "Cuatro Palmas" Amontillado Sherry
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Gonzalez-Byass "Cuatro Palmas" Amontillado Sherry - NV

Item # 32622 500mL
$109.99/ Single Bottle
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Tasting Notes

Technically an Amontillado, Cuatro Palmas Fino is the oldest Fino Sherry one can find on the planet. This single barrel production Sherry sees over 50 years aging with flor. It still possesses the finesse and elegance of a Fino along with the honeyed and caramelized characteristics of an Amontillado. A true treat.

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Staff Pick Notes

The Palmas series shows the evolution of a Fino, from the Una Palma (a young wine), over Dos Palmas and Tres Palmas all the way through to Cuatro Palmas (a mature Amontillado). In a way they are four still images, taken at different stages in the life of the same base wine that is Tio Pepe. The selection was made by Antonio Flores, the capataz of González Byass. How wonderful to see a big and commercial bodega produce such innovatory, ’boutique’ sherries as well. The nose is intense, with quite a lot of exotic spices (aniseed, cardamom) alongside nutty notes (almonds, walnuts) and dark caramel. Dried prunes. Liquorice roots and tobacco leaves. Hints of waxed old furniture and oil paintings. The palate is silky smooth, and a good salty / sour balance with hints Madeira, ponzu and sultanas.

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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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These Sherries begin life as Finos but lose their flor at some point along the way (usually around the seven year mark in the solera). As they are exposed to oxygen, Amontillados develop intense, nutty aromas and become richer in texture. They are almost always dry, though many possess a caramelized note that may be perceived as sweetness. These Sherries can last two to three weeks (in the...

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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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