Lustau Palo Cortado "Peninsula" Sherry
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Lustau Palo Cortado "Peninsula" Sherry

Item # 56964 750mL
$25.99/ Single Bottle
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$311.88 $280.69/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

Palo Cortado, the rarest and most unique sherry style, combines dark, grand Oloroso character with the soft palate feel of fine Amontillado. This stellar bottling from Lustau has a rich and spicy nose with intense, exotic flavors and terrific length.


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Staff Pick Notes

Sherry baby! My love of sherry just keeps growing—especially with my recent discovery of a beautiful, scarcely-produced category called Palo Cortado. This intensely-flavored, dry style combines the finesse and delicacy of an Amontillado with the richness of an Oloroso. Notes include dried apricots, roasted nuts, Dutch cocoa powder, hints of vanilla extract, and incredible salinity. Serve it lightly chilled with nuts, cheeses, and—of course—tapas. Or try it in the deliciously complex El Molino cocktail: 1.5oz Sombra Mezcal, 0.75oz Lustau Palo Cortado, 0.25oz St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, 0.25oz White Creme de Cacao; And stir with ice and strain into a chilled coupe (Jim Meehan, PDT). So coax sherry to come out tonight. You won't be sorry.

- JBB

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