Spain’s Best Match: González Byass ‘Leonor’ Palo Cortado Sherry, 12 Year
A first look at the bottle will make you think this is worth much more than the under $30 tag, as the makers took care to add silver and gold metallic elements to what would generally be a simple, paper label. Gonzalez Byass’ seal is applied in gold silk screen to the dark, amber bottle, adding a textural component.
What’s truly stellar, however, is what’s inside. With 12 years of aging, the Leonor is a serious wine, made from Palomino grapes, sourced in the sherry producing region of Jerez, Spain.
Crave Local’s Wine Review
Wine: González Byass ‘Leonor’ Palo Cortado Sherry, Jerez, Spain
Varietals: 100% Palomino grapes
Notes: Aromas of toasted nuts, citrus, and oak are presentwith an amber color, golden tones, and an ochre-orange rim. Its nutty aromas of toasted almonds, hazelnuts and aged oak, similar to an Amontillado. Persistently ‘toasty’, with a long, smooth finish, you’ll feel like a king (or queen) while drinking Leonor.
Pairing: Drink this sherry wine with grilled shrimp on the barbecue, roast pork, stuffed lamb chops, or oysters Rockefeller. Anything with a bit of fat, or butter, will pair beautifully with this elegant wine!
Recommendation: Drink now through 2016
Suggested retail price: $25