Lustao Palo Cortado
This wine opens with aromas of roasted nuts, toffee and dried orange peel.
Spanish sherry wines are in a league of their own. Finos and olorosos are the two basic types of the fortified wines, which range in style from dry to sweet. If a barrel of sherry develops a layer of yeast cells, or flor, on the surface, it becomes a fino; if a flor doesn’t develop, it becomes an oloroso wine.
My favorite sherry producer is Emilio Lustau. His Palo Cortado [$25.99; PLCB code: 10225], a dry wine scored at 96, is a rare, light oloroso. It opens with aromas of roasted nuts, toffee and dried orange peel; the nut and toffee flavors are highlighted with a touch of cardamom in the finish. Serve at cool room temperature with antipasto, pâté or cream soup.