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Bodegas Yuste / Aurora

Conde de Aldama Palo Cortado

Price: $219.00 (average US retail)
Size: 500ml
Winery: Bodegas Yuste / Aurora
Highest Rating: 93pts ( Wine Spectator)
Country: Spain
Region: Andalucía
Appellation: D.O. Jerez-Xérès-Sherry

TASTING NOTES

A rare, authentic Palo Cortado, round and long on the palate with a special tang and aromatic minerality reflecting its maritime origins and aging environment.

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PRESS

Conde de Aldama Palo Cortado - "Toasted sesame, hazelnut husk, singed alder and salted caramel notes are woven together in this alluring and lovely Sherry, which has a tease of sweetness but stays dry overall, backed by a hint of green tea through the finish."

93 Points
James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, Jun 15, 2017

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Conde de Aldama Palo Cortado - "At first, seductive notes of candied fruit predominate, but soon an oceanic salinity takes over, opening a door to complex notes of mushroom, chalk and stone. This Palo Cortado comes from one of the oldest soleras in Jerez, with wines that average 100 years old."

92 Points
Wine & Spirits Magazine, Aug 1, 2017

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BODEGAS YUSTE / AURORA WINERY INFO

Overview: Since 1991, Sanlúcar de Barrameda almacenista Francisco (Paco) Yuste has pursued the objective of producing Manzanilla up to its highest historic standards. Upon rescue and restoration of venerable, endangered soleras and bodegas in Sanlúcar’s emblematic Barrio Alto and Barrio Bajo districts, classic Manzanillas and Sherries are produced.

Latest News from Bodegas Yuste: http://classicalwines.com/Wineries/winery_82/Images/AuroraManzanillaNews.pdf

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History:

Yuste Aurora Label Art: http://classicalwines.com/Wineries/winery_82/Images/YusteAuroraLabelArt.pdf

Sanlúcar native Francisco (Paco) Yuste has sold Manzanilla his entire life, building a successful beverage distributorship in the provinces of Cádiz and Córdoba. In 1991 he purchased historic Bodega Santa Ana in Sanlúcar’s Barrio Bajo, including its centenerian solera, and began operation as an almacenista. In 2001 he added Bodega Los Ángeles in the Barrio Alto, restoring it to Manzanilla production and for refreshing his criaderas at Santa Ana. Bodega Miraflores, founded in 1956 by a group of growers in that famous Sanlúcar pago, was acquired in 2010 to serve as production base.

Yuste quality starts in the vineyard with the fabulous 46-hectare Viña La Alamedilla estate in the Jerez pago of Carrascal. Longterm sources in El Puerto de Santa María’s Balbaína and Sanlúcar’s Miraflores contribute in equal parts to combine freshness and minerality with ample body.

New wines arrive to Bodega Miraflores. Just 800 meters from the Guadalquivir estuary, Miraflores offers ideal conditions for sobretablas selection and the first stages of Manzanilla development. After five years, the manzanilla fina passes to Bodega Los Ángeles for aging as Aurora Manzanilla before entering the solera at Bodega Santa Ana in the Barrio Bajo where La Kika (Manzanilla Pasada en Rama, well over 10 years old: “The Pearl of Sanlúcar”) is bottled by hand from selected individual botas.

In 2015 Yuste’s acquisition of the classic Aurora brand provided impetus for export launch. This was followed in 2016 by purchase of Herederos de Argüeso with its famous Manzanilla, San León.

Yuste’s treasures include the 18th Century soleras of the Conde de Aldama, who preserved his prephylloxeric wines by encasing the botas in plaster, preventing their admixture with wines from grafted vines during approximately 50 years.

Exceedingly rare bottles of Conde de Aldama Amontillado and Palo Cortado are available.

Link to Conde de Aldama sales sheet: http://classicalwines.com/Wineries/winery_82/Aldama.pdf

Link to July 2016 Yuste Seminar Presentation: http://classicalwines.com/Wineries/winery_82/Yuste_Seminar.pdf

Link to La Kika sales sheet: http://classicalwines.com/Wineries/winery_82/LaKika.pdf

Link to "The Lady & The Lion": http://classicalwines.com/Wineries/winery_82/Images/TheLady&TheLion.jpg


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