Gonzalez Byass is most famed for their Tio Pepe Fino which is found throughout Spain and is consumed in large quantities in Jerez and the surrounding area. But they also make some outstanding aged sherries and have historically kept a barrel or two of top wines to age for the family. They now do very limited releases of wines that they feel are outstanding and the 1987 Palo Cortado is the latest. Only 987 bottles were bottled in 2015. This is truly amazing and wonderful sherry with amazing aromas that make it hard to stop just enjoying the smell. Once you take a sip though those wonderful aromas explode into intense and lingering flavors that don't seem to fade. We've been fortunate enough to taste 1964, 1970, 1982 and now this and every time these wines are something special.
"A worthy follow-up for the 1982 I tasted last time is one of the few
rare single vintage sherries, the 1987 Palo Cortado de Anada from
Gonzalez Byass; this is a selection from two botas of Palomino Fino that
were bottled in December 2015 after some 28 years in barrel, without
being blended with other vintages, as is the norm for soleras. Age has
concentrated the wine, which shows high alcohol and acidity, so the
balance is reached with 'a lot of everything', dry extract, power and
everything. These rare single-vintage wines are always unusual, as not
blending makes them age perhaps a little faster and the oak is taken
differently. It's intensely nutty, elegant and complex, with notes of
iodine, nail varnish, rusty nails, pollen and marmalade. The palate is
quite gentle for what I expected, it has the creamier and rounder palate
of a Palo Cortado, more approachable and drinkable than the Cuatro
Palmas, but at a very similar qualitative level. 987 bottles were
produced." Luis Gutierrez Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate 97 points.