El Candado Valdespino
The best PX available. So rich, so sweet and yet so moreish. (Must be tried poured over ice cream with raisins soaked overnight in PX) L&S (Mar 2005)
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Suffice to say this is the finest, darkest, sweetest, most intoxicating PX I have ever tasted. Valdespino is one of the ‘100 Most Iconic Wine Estates’ in my book. It comes with a little padlock (candado) on the top – in memory of a Valdespino ancestor who once locked up a barrel of this wine because it was so good!Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com(Dec 2013)
The NV El Candado Pedro Ximenez, produced from sun-dried Pedro Ximenez grapes for two weeks, and aged in a solera for an average of 8-10 years, is bottled with 400 grams of sugar and 17% alcohol. Mahogany color, the nose is a symphony of candied, dried fruits, raisins, figs and dates. The palate is clean, very sweet and spicy, and should be consumed quite fresh (10 degreess C), with chocolate dessert (or as a dessert in itself). Rating: 90 Luis Gutierrez, www.robertparker.com(Dec 2013)
Not even the gimmicky seal, complete with padlock, can detract from the quality found within. A great colour here, a deep, dark, golden red-brown. Dripping with rich complexity on the nose; molasses, treacle, smoke and vegetal axle-grease notes prevail. Unctuous palate with bags of impact, a huge, sweet, treacly style. Only moderate acidity which emphasises the treacly, cigary richness. Great length. Very good indeed.Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(May 2011)
This is a staggeringly rich, sweet, deep colored sherry that has amazing complexity and represents a super value. The bouquet of caramel, roasted nuts and the buttery, creamy richness in the palate are extremely seductive. Serve this gorgeous sherry as a dessert at a cool, not cold temperature. Rating: 94-94 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Mar 2006)
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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