Light, pale, fresh, crisp, a delightful summer aperitif, and like the Inocente, should be tried with fish, which it accompanies much better than many of the classic matches (Chablis, Sancerre etc...). L&S (Mar 2005)
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The perfect appetite-whetter for Spring weather, this is classic, delicately refreshing Manzanilla from one of the best houses in the business: pale, invitingly bread-yeasty and appley in aroma with a lightness of touch and a sweet streak of fruit that turns mouthwatheringly dry and savoury as it heads from the tongue to the back of the throat. Try on its own or with fish. The added bonus is that's it's excellent value in half-bottle. 89/100. £6.50 per half bottlewww.thewinegang.com(Mar 2014)
Produced with Palomino grapes from the Miraflores vineyard and aged for five years under yeast. Easy to drink, with a sweet note of apples in the nose, a polished and gentle palate, ending with a saline touch. Rating: 89 Luis Gutierrez, www.robertparker.com(Dec 2013)
My favourite sherry house, Valdespino, produces a superb Manzanilla, combining delicacy and lightness of texture with almost creamy, gingery pungency of flavour. Rating: 22/25 Andrew Jefford(Oct 2005)
Delicate but very stylish nose. Very dry indeed. Crisp and racy. There is a lot of depth and style here. Fine plus. Rating: 18/20 Clive Coates MW(Mar 2005)
Bodega Valdespino is one of the oldest bodegas in Jérez, originating in 1264, when King Alfonso X gave Don Alfonso Valdespino the gift of land in the City of Jérez. He was one of 24 Christian knights who fought to regain the City of Jérez from the Moors. The company of today was formed in 1875, but commercial activities are thought to date as far back as 1430. In 1999, Valdespino was bought by Grupo Estévez who were able to fund and maintain the traditional methods for which Valdespino is famous. Valdespino Sherries remain among the very best quality available, and Inocente is still the best Fino in the market, as well as being the only Sherry to be produced from the grapes of a single vineyard. Subtle changes to some of the other wines appear to have been for the best. Tío Diego Amontillado is now a little softer in style making it even more appealing and Don Gonzalo has been re-released in the VS range of older Solera wines.
Time to fortify yourself against the winter chill. Wines to sip from small glasses whilst relaxing in a cosy armchair, slippers on, in front of a blazing fire. Fino sherry to liven the mind before dinner; a complex and luxurious Amontillado; Port both Tawny and Ruby; some red dessert wine from Maury to enjoy with some fine and dark chocolate; some warming Madeira; a selection of fine sweeties from classic regions; and a small bottle of super-sweet but oh so wonderful Pedro Ximenez.
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