In a nutshell: A complex, rewarding dry style of sherry with an old gold colour.
The lowdown: Palo Cortado is one of the lesser known sherry styles and in characters lies somewhere between Amontillado and Oloroso. This is from Lustau's Almacenista range and made at Cayetano del Pino. It has a dark amber colour with leather and tobacco aromas. Dry and concentrated on the palate there is a multifaceted range of coffee, spice and dark chocolate flavours.
When to drink: Finishing with a prodigious length it's a complex and rewarding sherry. Serve it as an aperitif and with a wide of tapas.
Established in 1896 Lustau's origins were quite modest. Initially they made wines which were sold to larger producers rather than under their own label. It wasn't untit the 1940s with the company in the hands of the founder's son-in-law Emilio Lustau Ortega that they started to market their own bottlings. The following decades saw the company begin its steady expansion.
Fasting forward to the 1980s their reputation was growing along with their range of wines. And it was during this period that they introduced their, now well known, Alamcenista range where they bottle and market carefully selected sherrys from small independent small independent producers called Almcenistas.
In the 1990s they were acquired by Grupo Caballlero which allowed further investment and development of the business. Shortly after this they moved to their current base in the the centre of Jerez a group of historic 19th century buildings where the bulk of their wines are now aged and bottled.