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Barbadillo Obispo Gascon Palo Cortado 37.5cl

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Barbadillo's first brand Pastora Divina' was launched in 1827 and was well received, setting the family on the path to success.

The family continued to acquire more Bodegas. Vitally, many of these occupied the first row' on the high town's ridge, at its apex, where the winds are not obstructed by other buildings. These superb locations and Barbadillo's winemaking skill meant that their reputation soared. Today's seventh winemaking generation own 12 Bodegas, housing 30,000 Sherry butts, many of which are fed with wines sourced from Palomino Fina grapes grown at the family's 500 hectare Gilbabin and San Luisa vineyards in the Jerez Superior.

These solid foundations have resulted in Barbadillo producing some of the world's most famous Sherry brands, including Muy Fina' and Solear'. The latter of which has received numerous awards, including selection as the "World's Best Manzanilla 2015" by Wine Spectator.

Barbadillo are also famous for old and rare Sherries. Thanks to almost two centuries of careful stock management by the family, they have a huge stock of old wines. Some of these have been in the family's care for over 150 years. The Sacrista' cellar is home to the oldest Criadeiras (a level of butts in the Solera), and the family's own private collection. These oenological treasures are released in tiny parcels as Reliquias', or artfully blended by winemaker Montse Molina into old "Cuco" and "VORS" wines. They have received some of the highest accolades in the wine world, regularly scoring points in the high 90s from Parker with the Palo Cortado Reliquia receiving 100 points.

In 2014 Barbadillo launched "Versos 1891", a game-changing wine that has set new levels of excellence in the Sherry industry. This super luxury Sherry is bottled from a single cask of old Amontillado laid down in 1891 at the christening of Don Manuel Barbadillo.

Grapes

Palomino,

Production

Palo Cortado belongs to the oloroso family. However, it is characterized by having a noticeable finesse in comparison to those wines destined to be olorosos, and because of this it is set aside for a specific ageing, this extraordinary liquid has the capacity to became a particularly delicate oloroso. Palo Cortado translates as “cut stick” and the wine gets its name from the symbol the cellar overseer chalks on the barrels when he tastes the wine.

Tasting Notes

A beautiful amber colour clear and brilliant in appearance. Intense on the nose with hints of fine wood, almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg and crystallized fruits. Due to its age, it is dry and powerful on the palate, but at the same time demonstrates delicacy and finesse. It has a wonderfully long finish to enhance the overall experience.

This wine is a classic aperitif and is ideal alongside nuts especially almonds and chestnuts. If drunk with food it goes well a variety of dishes such as red meat casseroles; poultry dishes such as partridge with Brussels sprouts; beetroot; potato souffle; lamb chops with melon and foiegras. Or if you prefer, try it with baked fish dishes such as sea bass with vegetable and nut sauce. Finally, it brings out the best in certain desserts such as dry pastries and cakes.

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