Drink of the Week: César Florido Peña Del Aguila Palo Cortado

palo cortadoIn our May/June 2019 issue, we explore Spain’s Sherry Triangle, the small region hugging the coast of southeast Andalusia that marks sherry’s historic home. (Learn more about the region and the wine with this primer.) Mindy Cook, who oversees the bar program and diverse sherry selection at Portland, Oregon’s Toro Bravo, says that sherry wines are an especially good value for the quality that’s available. “A lot of sherries we see are upwards of 30, 40, 50-plus years old,” says Cook. One of her current favorites is the Peña Del Aguila Palo Cortado from Bodegas César Florido in Chipiona. “The wines of César Florido have a distinct salty characteristic because of the bodegas’ proximity to the sea—they are aged just steps from the ocean,” she says. “This Palo Cortado has an average age of 38 years. It’s salty, smokey, nutty and still shows beautiful acidity for its age.” $69.99, wine.com