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"Jalifa" 30 Year Amontillado

NV/MV Spain Jerez
93 Points

The NV Jalifa Rare Old Dry Amontillado Solera Especial VORS is a brand from the Sanlúcar time of the winery, so it has a Manzanilla origin, but they had to start refreshing it with Fino because Jerez and Manzanilla are two separate appellations. It is now in half-liter bottles, and each bottling has the bottling date on the back label (18208 in this case, so day 208 of the year 2018). This has some nine years of biological aging and a much longer time aged in an oxidative way, and even though it has a saline/biological touch, the oxidative phase tends to dominate the character, keeping the finesse of an Amontillado.

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Wine Advocate June 2019
"Jalifa" 30 Year Amontillado

Dos Cortados 20 Year Old Palo Cortado

NV/MV Spain Jerez
93 Points

It's been a while since I last tasted the NV Dos Cortados Palo Cortado VOS, and even though the bottling date (or saca) is not explicit on the label, they moved to half-liter bottles around two years ago. The back label has a lot number—in this case, it's 18207—that specifies the year and the day of the year when the bottle was filled, so what I tasted was bottled day 207 of 2018. Dos Cortados is one of the historical brands from Williams & Humbert. This has more concentration and complexity through years of aging in a solera system, always aged in an oxidative way but with a finesse that is incredible for the age of the wine. Even though it's bottled as VOS (20 years old) because of historical reasons of the brand, the bottled wine is a lot older. It's a very classical Palo Cortado. They tend to do three bottlings per year.

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Wine Advocate June 2019
Dos Cortados 20 Year Old Palo Cortado