Snapshot
Vintage: NV
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: Spain
Region: Jerez
Appellation: Jerez
Wine type: Sherry
Varietals: Palomino Fino
Varietal notes: Palomino Fino
Vineyard: The grapes come from Macharnudo Alto and vines in excess of 25 years old
Orientation: The vineyard faces the south east with and inclination of 10 degrees and at an altitude of 135 meters high.
Soil: Albariza or a white chalky soil. When wet it sheds water to deeper soils, and as it dries it "clods," creating a protective layer that slows the evaporation of water from below.
Viticulture: The vines are bush pruned in the traditional method.
Vinification: The wine is fermented naturally in very old oak barrels. They remain in this "sobretabla" for 1 year fermenting to about 12% alcohol and forming the flor. The wine is then removed from the lees and fortified to 15% and introduced to the first "criadera" of Inocente and Tio Diego.
Aging: The beginning of Calle Ponce is a selection of barrels from Inocente and Tio Diego that have taken a divergent path. In their new solera they under go over 25 years of aging in 4 criaderas + solera.
Notes: The wine is called Calle Ponce or Ponce Street because this is the road that the old bodega, where the solera resided, was located. The wine has a medium mohagany intensity. Aromas of dried fruits and hazelnuts. The palate is very round and dry with notes of vanilla and dried fruits.
Ratings
Publication: Wine advocate
Rating: 93
The NV Palo Cortado Viejo C.P. produced from Palomino from the Macharnudo Alto is feed with specific casks of Fino Inocente and Amontillado Tio Diego. It was traditionally aged in the Calle Ponce (Ponce Street), and if has kept the C.P. initials since then. It’s not age-certified, but the average age of the bottled wine is 25 years. The color is old gold or light amber, and the nose hints at a relatively old wine, with plenty of lactic notes, sweet vanilla, iodine, bitter oranges and spices. The palate is clean and delineated, subtle and on the elegant side of Palo Cortado, ending very dry. Drink 2013-2016.
Publication: Other Press
Rating: 96 (W&S)