Valdespino, Cream Oloroso "Isabela" Sherry

Valdespino, Cream Oloroso "Isabela" Sherry

Item # 27735 750mL
$19.96/ Single Bottle
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Tasting Notes

Darkest mahogany in color, this classic Cream Oloroso is strikingly sweet, displaying a mix of dried fruits, spicy oak and macerated raisin aromas. A blend of 75% Palomino with 25% PX, a richly balanced palate deftly combines caramel toffee sweetness with fresh saline tinged acidity. This wine aged over 15 years in Solera. Ideal for sipping on its own, also try with Cabrales, slow roasted sweet pork and bacon desserts.


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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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