Valdespino Palo cortado Viejo C.P.
Valdespino and Equipo Navazos (these 2 houses work closely together) have been dubbed the 'the Romanee-Conti of Jerez' by the Wine-Advocate (Parker) and represent quality and tradition at the top of the sherry hierarchy. The winery, soleras and brands are old, registered in 1875, but with documentation of their commercial and winemaking activities going back to the 13th century.
The NV Palo Cortado Viejo CP produced from Palomino from the Macharnudo Alto comes from specific barrels of Fino Inocente and Amontillado Tio Diego. It was traditionally aged in Calle Ponce and the average age of the bottled wine is 25 years. The color is golden / light amber and the nose is reminiscent of a beautiful old aged wine with sweet vanilla, iodine, bitter oranges and spices. The palate is clean and delineated, subtle and on the elegant side of Palo Cortado, ending very dry. 93/100 Parker
Valdespino is the only one to make Single Vineyard Sherry's in Jerez. The white soil is called "albariza" and is very calcareous. Valdespino is also qualitatively distinctive in the way of production of its sherries: all Valdespino sherries are fermented in used wooden barrels (much more work than using stainless steel as all other producers do today).
In the already traditional Jerez, with its historical bodegas and rich family trees, Valdespino is still a very traditional house compared to other bodegas, known for its historical background and traditional way of working. For example, the fermentation of the Fino still uses large traditional oak casks, while almost everyone has switched to the use of stainless steel fermentation tanks. Like no other, it is realized that long ripening is essential for making quality sherry. A good Fino sherry matures for about seven or eight years before it has the properties that make this wine so beautifully salty and spicy. At Valdespino, the Fino is a wine with a lot of personality. And like the Fino, each of the sherrys of this house has its own personality, its own character, whether it be the Oloroso, the Amontillado or the Pedro Ximenez.
The base of the wines of this family business, which is led by Don Miguel Valdespino, lies in the 100 ha of own vineyards. The most famous is the 87 hectare Inocente vineyard, which is located in the Carrascal district. This vineyard is fully planted with the high-quality Palomino Fino grape, and forms the basis of the Fino that bears the name of the vineyard. An important quality factor in this vineyard is the age of the vines, which for the most part exceeds thirty years. Older canes provide wine with more character and concentration. Grapes are only purchased from other companies for some basic cherries.
After picking, the grapes are transferred to one of the company's historic bodegas. The most beautiful is located in the heart of Jerez de la Frontera: the Inocente bodega, located in an old monastery. A bodega where not much has changed since the 18th century. Anyone who is here will taste the special historic atmosphere of this unique sherry company. One does not wish to make concessions to modern times here. Valdespino wants to remain a traditionally operating sherry company, and assumes that there will always be enthusiasts who understand that nothing is more important than the quality of the wine.
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