Fernando de Castilla, Antique Fino

Fernando de Castilla, Antique Fino

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Tasting Notes

The Antique series from Bodegas Rey Fernando de Castilla is a series of very old sherries of limited production and exceptional quality. The Antique Fino was aged for 8 years in the Solera system - many years beyond the norm of 2 or 3. This is an exceptional fine wine that was bottled unfiltered and is a reference to an older method of making Finos in past centuries.


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About the Producer

Jerez, Cádiz, Spain One of the most exceptional of the small independent Sherry houses, Fernando del Castilla was revitalized in 1999 by Jan Petersen - a Norwegian with a passion for top quality sherry. After 15 years of experience at Osbourne in Jerez, Jan was ready to embark on his own adventure. He took over the cellars of the Sherry shipper José Bustamante, which were conveniently located...

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Spain

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