Dry Oloroso VOS Valdespino
Wonderful rich dry Oloroso, with tremendous warm round raisiny flavour and length. Recently top of the tasting of dry sherries in Wine magazine, where it is described as 'generous, alluring and rich... a wonderful, elegant, seductive wine (with) caramel, dried fruit and a satisfying savoury character to the wine'. L&S (Mar 2005)
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Brownish orange tawny. Greenish rim. After the Cardenal it is having difficulty making an aromatic impression! But on the palate it is very satisfying and clean – just very slightly woody on the end. Lots of acidity and concentration. Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Sep 2016)
The NV Don Gonzalo Oloroso 20 Anos VOS, produced with Palomino grapes from the Carrascal vineyards, is fermented in stainless steel and aged for over 20 years in oak botas. It is a very serious Oloroso, even if it’s not totally dry. It offers bitter almonds, hazelnuts, incense, Cuban cigar ash, and dark chocolate as well as a complex, a very intense, round and ample palate. This wine really fills your mouth. Very intense and with great acidity, it represents very good value for the quality it delivers. A tamed beast. Rating: 95 Luis Gutierrez, www.robertparker.com(Dec 2013)
Aromatic creamy oak and smoke nose which is full and lusty. Lovely rich, intensely nutty and spicy with a luxurious texture, and a hint of sweetness and juicy acidity on the finish. Very long, elegant and pure. Rating: 5 STARS Decanter Magazine(Nov 2010)
Absurdly low price for this delicate bottle of tangy history. Very pale and fascinating. Jancis RobinsonThe Financial Times(Oct 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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