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Valdespino, Amontillado "Contrabandista" Medium Dry Sherry

Valdespino, Amontillado "Contrabandista" Medium Dry Sherry

Item # 27734 750mL
$21.99/ Single Bottle
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This concentrated and complex amontillado has the barest touch of Pedro Ximenez adding dark treacle to a foundation of toasted hazelnuts and burnt honey. Share with adventurous friends over light desserts with dark caramel or brown butter. This Sherry comes from vines in excess of 25 years old growing in the regions white chalky soils. Fermented naturally in old oak barrels, the wine acquires a level of flor and is then moved to the Tio Diego Solera for ageing. This is Valdespino's Tio Diego Amontillado with PX blended in and ages an average of 10 years.


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About the Producer

Jerez, Spain The origins of this historic bodega date back to 1264 when Don Alfonso Valdespino was one of 24 Knights responsible for expelling the Moors from Jerez. As a reward for his efforts the king gave him land grants in the city of Jerez and thus began Bodegas Valdespino. The heart of Valdespino is its vineyards. They are the only sherry house to make single vineyard wines. The vineyard,...

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Astor's Glossary of Terms

Spain

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Jerez

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Amontillado

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