Every year since 2010, González Byass, based in Jerez, Spain, invites a renowned wine professional to help select the year’s “saca” or pull out for the Tío Pepe Palmas Collection.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the experience. It was celebrated in a virtual tasting that featured past tastemakers, who sampled ten back vintages of the specially selected Las Palmas Sherries. The 2020 Las Palmas Collection finished the tasting. It was selected by Ferrán Centelles, a leading Spanish sommelier, author, and journalist. This collection was released in December of 2020 in Spain and is making its debut in the United States this month.
Over the last decade, Master Blender, Antonio Flores, has been joined by some of the most profound wine professionals in the world. He says, “The Palmas Collection is the essence of Tío Pepe and a demonstration of how excellent fino evolves. The solera system allows us to see, via the Tío Pepe Palmas wines, the small variations that accumulate in the wines, and the nuanced differences in the way the Una Palma evolves to become unique personalities by the time these wines reach the Tres and Cuatro Palmas stages.”
The four Palmas wines have become respected and revered around the world because of their outstanding results in competitions. Critics are now familiar with the outstanding quality of the wine, as it’s gained a place on the wine list at some of the world’s best restaurants.
Pedro Rebuelta, Gonzalez Byass Vice-Chairman describes Tío Pepe Palmas Collection as “defined by two important factors: quality and the selection. The quality is the work of our master blender, but the selection is down to the expertise and high standards that the wonderful wine professionals and connoisseurs have used each year in their selection.”
The Tío Pepe Palmas Collection is imported by González Byass USA. Watch the discussion of the selections here.