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Cayetano del Pino Palo Cortado Solera

Sherry from Spain
Something of a rarity, palo cortado starts life as fino, but loses the protective flor or yeasty bloom that settles on the surface. The oxygen deepens and matures the wine, boosting flavour and alcohol. Now pale bronze in colour, this exquisite example combines finesse with body and an intensely nutty, dry and incredibly long finish. Note that it may throw a haze, which is entirely harmless and a sure sign of minimal handling.
Price: £15.50 Bottle
Price: £186.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: SH671

Wine characteristics

  • Sherry
  • Dry, rich
  • Palomino
  • 20% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • 75cl
  • Screwcap

Sánchez Romate SA

Bodegas Sánchez Romate can be found in the historic heart of Jerez de la Frontera, and is one of the few bodegas still entirely owned by Jerez families. As well as being the home of sherry (the word ‘sherry’ is an anglicisation of Jerez), the city is home to many late gothic churches and convents, and is also the birthplace of flamenco, and some horse shows.

With its pretty streets lined with fragrant orange and lilac trees, it is no wonder that families have been flocking here for centuries to produce its most famous wines. Romate’s founder, Don Juan Sánchez de la Torré, did just that in 1781, meaning it is now one of Spain’s oldest wineries still in operation.

Their family-owned status means they retain both their independence (they still produce, age, bottle, and despatch all of their own produce) and can continue making wines according to their artisanal traditions. Their popularity went way beyond Jerez, however: they have also been the official purveyor to the House of Lords, the Vatican, and the Spanish Royal Family.

Sánchez Romate own vineyards in some of the best locations in the sherry triangle, benefiting from western Andalusia’s glorious sunshine and cooling sea breezes. The white albariza (limestone) soil is perfect for sherry grapes (palomino and pedro ximénez) because they absorb and retain the winter and spring rainfall and supply it to the vine in the scorching summer.

Their winery of course uses the Solera ‘steps and ladder’ system, a method unique to...
Bodegas Sánchez Romate can be found in the historic heart of Jerez de la Frontera, and is one of the few bodegas still entirely owned by Jerez families. As well as being the home of sherry (the word ‘sherry’ is an anglicisation of Jerez), the city is home to many late gothic churches and convents, and is also the birthplace of flamenco, and some horse shows.

With its pretty streets lined with fragrant orange and lilac trees, it is no wonder that families have been flocking here for centuries to produce its most famous wines. Romate’s founder, Don Juan Sánchez de la Torré, did just that in 1781, meaning it is now one of Spain’s oldest wineries still in operation.

Their family-owned status means they retain both their independence (they still produce, age, bottle, and despatch all of their own produce) and can continue making wines according to their artisanal traditions. Their popularity went way beyond Jerez, however: they have also been the official purveyor to the House of Lords, the Vatican, and the Spanish Royal Family.

Sánchez Romate own vineyards in some of the best locations in the sherry triangle, benefiting from western Andalusia’s glorious sunshine and cooling sea breezes. The white albariza (limestone) soil is perfect for sherry grapes (palomino and pedro ximénez) because they absorb and retain the winter and spring rainfall and supply it to the vine in the scorching summer.

Their winery of course uses the Solera ‘steps and ladder’ system, a method unique to Jerez, and Sánchez Romate has it down to a fine art. They make all types of sherry – fino, amontillado, oloroso, palo cortado, cream and pedro ximénez – and age each wine in traditional American oak for varying numbers of years depending on its type.

The flor that forms in the casks is vital to the sherry’s taste, flavour-intensity and texture (flor attacks glycerol, which can leave sherry fat and uninteresting). The type of flor yeast present in each barrel varies greatly, as different types form depending on the temperature variation throughout the bodega and the strength of the air currents. We’ve worked with Sánchez Romate to select the best casks for our Society Fino and Fino Perdido.

One of our best-selling sherries is their Fino Perdido (or ‘lost fino’), an exclusive to The Society. The name is a result of a change in Spanish classification laws: the term ‘fino-amontillado’ to indicate a sherry halfway between the two styles was declassified in recent years. The Fino Perdido – a sherry made in this style – was somewhat abandoned until our sherry buyer, Toby Morrhall, discovered it when visiting the winery. It’s broad, rich, powerful style and delicious orange peel and nutty character has proven hugely popular with our members.

Sánchez Romate remains a benchmark of Jerez wines: with over 200 years of balancing tradition with a cosmopolitan lifestyle, they have always aimed simply to please their consumers, and to satisfy an essential need – the art of living.
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The Wine Gang

91/100 A pale bronze, intensely nutty, dry sherry with a succulence on the mid-palate, a Marmitey tang and a long, crisp, super-clean finish. Romate bottles this Palo Cortado for the Almacenista...
91/100 A pale bronze, intensely nutty, dry sherry with a succulence on the mid-palate, a Marmitey tang and a long, crisp, super-clean finish. Romate bottles this Palo Cortado for the Almacenista (independent maturer of sherry) Cayetano del Pino and its estimated age is 12 years.
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JancisRobinson.com

17/20 Estimated age 12 years. Pale greenish yellow. So clean and fresh and mature! Absolutely fantastic value. Very very good value.

Financial Times

Estimated age 12 years. Pale greenish yellow. So clean, fresh and mature! Absolutely fantastic value. That price is for a full 75 cl.

- jancisrobinson.com

JancisRobinson.com

This has the mostexciting life and freshness while being deep-flavoured and resonant on thepalate. Specially selected from a family-owned almacenista (sherry storehouse)that specialises in palo cortado by ...
This has the mostexciting life and freshness while being deep-flavoured and resonant on thepalate. Specially selected from a family-owned almacenista (sherry storehouse)that specialises in palo cortado by old sherry hand Peter Dauthieu, it seems asteal at £13.50 - especially when one takes its average age of about 15 yearsinto account. -
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Jancis Robinson

winegang.com

From thestockholdings of a distinguished old name in Sherry, Cayetano del Pino, butchosen and bottled by the discerning bodega/shipper Sánchez Romate, this is adistinguished dry sherry for drinking...
From thestockholdings of a distinguished old name in Sherry, Cayetano del Pino, butchosen and bottled by the discerning bodega/shipper Sánchez Romate, this is adistinguished dry sherry for drinking with jamón or hard cheese, an intenselycomplex and powerful mix of nuts, sweet oak, and deeper umami-like bass notes,that is still very sprightly across the palate and fresh on the finish.
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93/100

Hampstead & Highgate Express

Strongly recommended 

- Liz Sagues

Financial Times

Gorgeous life in this12-year-old bone dry wine. Wonderfully light and fresh while being deepflavoured and resonant. A great bargain.

- Jancis Robinson

JancisRobinson.com

Bright pale orange. Gorgeous life and excitement and age. Only just not too old but absolutely fabulous for the money. Bone dry, light and fresh while being deep flavoured and resonant. Very good ...
Bright pale orange. Gorgeous life and excitement and age. Only just not too old but absolutely fabulous for the money. Bone dry, light and fresh while being deep flavoured and resonant. Very good value.
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17/20

Decanter

Bottled by SanchezRomate from stock matured by a similar producer (or almacenista) thatspecialises in the palo cortado style of Sherry, this is an amber-hued beauty,with delicate and delicious nutty tones ...
Bottled by SanchezRomate from stock matured by a similar producer (or almacenista) thatspecialises in the palo cortado style of Sherry, this is an amber-hued beauty,with delicate and delicious nutty tones and added complexity from the 12 yearsor so it has spent ageing in wood. A great wine.
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- Weekday Wines

JancisRobinson.com

Orangey gold ...smoky on the nose ... chamomile aroma. [Powerful] ...smooth and roundespecially on the finish. Nutty and savoury with a sour note that bringsfreshness on the finish, like unsweet...
Orangey gold ...smoky on the nose ... chamomile aroma. [Powerful] ...smooth and roundespecially on the finish. Nutty and savoury with a sour note that bringsfreshness on the finish, like unsweet marmalade. Good value.
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- Julia Harding

The Mail on Sunday

A nutty tang withcoffee and raisin flavours

.- Olly Smith

Scotland on Sunday

Brilliant… It hasall the usual nutty delicacy and dryness, but embellishes it with anorange-centred citrus freshness and complexity. This bottle would convert eventhe most die-hard sherry sceptic.

- Brian Elliott

JancisRobinson.com

Toasted nuts, acridsmokiness, expansive complexity on the palate and huge persistence. Incrediblysavoury, with tons of umami character. Quite incredible length.

17/20 - Richard Hemming

Scotland on Sunday

Its major componentsare long, nutty, brown sugar flavours with touches of marmalade to addroundedness and depth, but with balancing citrus acidity.

- Brian Elliott

Sunday Telegraph

A dry style though adeeper-coloured, richer delight [than manzanilla], intensely nutty in flavour.Wonderful. 

- Susy Atkins

Hampstead & Highgate Express

A truly superbexperience… fragrant, intense, exquisite

- Liz Sagues

The Wine Gang

Just the mostfantastic value, this dry Almacenista Palo Cortado has a subte tawny colour andis full of salted caramel on the aroma. Dry, fresh and nutty palate with asmooth beurre noisette richness that...
Just the mostfantastic value, this dry Almacenista Palo Cortado has a subte tawny colour andis full of salted caramel on the aroma. Dry, fresh and nutty palate with asmooth beurre noisette richness that goes on and on, and on.
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- The Wine Gang

Manchester Evening News

Very pungent andcomplex.

- Andy Cronshaw

Decanter

Decanter PlatinumAward - Best Mature Sherry 2017:: Rich, complex nose with characterfulfruitcake aromas. Pure, concentrated palate of toasted pecans, burnt citruspeel and spice. A touch of sweetness and a ...
Decanter PlatinumAward - Best Mature Sherry 2017:: Rich, complex nose with characterfulfruitcake aromas. Pure, concentrated palate of toasted pecans, burnt citruspeel and spice. A touch of sweetness and a slight grip of walnut skins roundsout the palate with a lovely long and complex finish.
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100 AWEsome Wines

Dry Sherry loversshould not pass up on this lovely example of the rarer Palo Cortado style – anatural taste-cross between Fino and Oloroso. Bone-dry, refined, with toastynuttiness and exceptional...
Dry Sherry loversshould not pass up on this lovely example of the rarer Palo Cortado style – anatural taste-cross between Fino and Oloroso. Bone-dry, refined, with toastynuttiness and exceptional purity… Fino Sherry gone walkabout to the dark side!
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- John Ducker

decanter.com

A 2017 DecanterPlatinum winner and it's easy to see why. From one of Jerez's oldestfamily-owned bodegas, this rare style of Sherry (a fino whose flor dies and soages oxidatively) is great value...
A 2017 DecanterPlatinum winner and it's easy to see why. From one of Jerez's oldestfamily-owned bodegas, this rare style of Sherry (a fino whose flor dies and soages oxidatively) is great value for the price, offering incredible complexity,purity and detail. The nose suggests sweetness, with its pecan pie and vanillanotes, but the palate is dry yet rich and umami-laden, boasting smoky walnutskins and Christmas cake spice. Delicious!
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94/100 Tina Gellie

The Observer

One of [Sherry'salternative styles to Fino] is palo cortado, a style that starts its life in thecellar as a fino, but then at some point loses its layer of flor. In the caseof Cayetano del Pino, that...
One of [Sherry'salternative styles to Fino] is palo cortado, a style that starts its life in thecellar as a fino, but then at some point loses its layer of flor. In the caseof Cayetano del Pino, that makes for a dry, lingering tanginess and nuttinessthat is superb with mushrooms or nutty stir fries. -
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David Williams

Olive

With tobacco, toffee,oak and vanilla notes, this sherry is a nice balance between dry and sweet.

- Hannah Guinness

The Daily Telegraph

If you enjoy theflavours age brings to a wine, oxidised styles of sherry like this are the bestvalue old wines on the planet. This is a bone-dry, elegant palo cortado withwalnuts, spiced orange and wood...
If you enjoy theflavours age brings to a wine, oxidised styles of sherry like this are the bestvalue old wines on the planet. This is a bone-dry, elegant palo cortado withwalnuts, spiced orange and wood polish. A complex, cerebral wine to sip andcontemplate.
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- Hamish Anderson

The Scotsman

Lovely combo ofvibrant freshness and rich texture.  Our tasters loved the enticing toffeehoneyed aromas and rich nutty complexity (and the pretty label).  Bonedry, but not as searingly dry as...
Lovely combo ofvibrant freshness and rich texture.  Our tasters loved the enticing toffeehoneyed aromas and rich nutty complexity (and the pretty label).  Bonedry, but not as searingly dry as some we tasted.  Sleek elegant andattractive on the palate.  Selected from a family-owned sherry stockholder(known as an almacenista) in this case Cayetano del Pino and is about 15 yearsin age.
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- Rose Murray Brown

The Spectator

Those nutty saltycheeses like Manchego or Gruyere call for wines with some heft. Reds can begood but sherry is ideal. I’d recommend ... the slightly fuller [thanamontillado] and sweeter-tasting...
Those nutty saltycheeses like Manchego or Gruyere call for wines with some heft. Reds can begood but sherry is ideal. I’d recommend ... the slightly fuller [thanamontillado] and sweeter-tasting (though still bone dry) Cayetano del Pino PaloCortado Solera ... which would also go nicely with blue cheeses. Reallyoverdelivers for the money.
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- Henry Jeffreys

JancisRobinson.com

Pale orange. Smells like the rock of ages. So glorious in terms of transparent, fully mature, exciting nobility in a glass. Where else in the world could field such a mature wine for this price?...
Pale orange. Smells like the rock of ages. So glorious in terms of transparent, fully mature, exciting nobility in a glass. Where else in the world could field such a mature wine for this price? Clean as a whistle. Medium bodied, delightfully dry, and with so many years in cask to come up with these layers of flavour. Very, very good value.
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17/20

decanter.com

Bodegas Sánchez Romate is located in the historic centre of Jerez de la Frontera, one of the few bodegas still entirely owned by Jerez families. Palo cortado is a fino which loses its flor and...
Bodegas Sánchez Romate is located in the historic centre of Jerez de la Frontera, one of the few bodegas still entirely owned by Jerez families. Palo cortado is a fino which loses its flor and so ages oxidatively. Around 17 years old, this wine is a real treat for lovers of dry Sherry, and a steal at this price. Elegant, nutty and complex, with real depth of flavour, there's sweetness on the nose but it's bone-dry to taste, with savoury, umami, mushroominess, nuts, spice and a lick of salinity. One to savour – enjoy over two to three weeks after opening.
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94/100 Amy Wislocki

The Times

… don’t forget sherry’s lengthy finish either. I got to 30-plus seconds with [this] smoky, tangy, toasted walnut star. -

Jane MacQuitty

Decanter

About 17 years old, this is a steal at this price. Elegant, nutty and complex, with real depth of flavour, there's sweetness on the nose but it's bone-dry, with savoury, umami mushroominess, nuts, ...
About 17 years old, this is a steal at this price. Elegant, nutty and complex, with real depth of flavour, there's sweetness on the nose but it's bone-dry, with savoury, umami mushroominess, nuts, spice and a lick of salinity. Enjoy over two or three weeks after opening. -
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Amy Wislocki

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