Oloroso VOS Valdespino
Described as an "Oloroso Dulce" on the label, it is only just sweet enough to soften the old, dry and concentrated flavour. L&S (Mar 2005)
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There is a tendency to fetishise old wines, as if the mere fact of age were proof of quality. In reality, very few wines made today are built to last, and even those that are sometimes taste much better in youth. As ever, it depends on your taste: some of us lean towards the more savoury, leathery, woody and earthy flavours that come with keeping a wine for years or decades, while some of us might find more pleasure in the fresh fruit and flowers, the livelier, sharper feel, of wines in the first year or two after vintage. As with the Taylor’s 1896, what those purely sensual descriptions don’t account for is the emotional component of drinking older wines – I don’t think I’m the only one who gets a little dreamy and contemplative at the thought of drinking a wine from the 19th century – or, in the case of Valdespino’s magnificently intense, nutty, sherry, drawn from a solera (a continuously replenished set of barrels) that was started in 1842.David Williams, The Observer (Jun 2021)
From one of the oldest producers in Jerez, this is an off-dry style of sherry with a dark mahogany hue and a glorious nose of dried fruit and toffee. It finishes with a nutty, tangy acidity. Enjoy as a winter aperitif.Will Lyons, The Sunday Times (Oct 2018)
Contains 10% PX from another solera. Blended and then aged together. Dark tawny. About the same age as Don Gonzalo. It’s described as Medium Sweet on the label but actually you could happily drink this with ham or cheese – or as an aperitif on a cold winter’s day. Good balance. Very rich start and it finishes dry. Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Sep 2016)
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.
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