Bodegas Valdespino 'Tio Diego' Amontillado Sherry, Jerez DO
Item Number: 6087
Sub Region: Jerez
Appellation/AVA: Jerez DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Macharnudo
Grape(s): 100% Palomino Fino
Type: Wine - Fortified
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Closure: T Top
Alc by Vol(%): 18
Residual Sugar(g/L): <2 g/L
Total Acidity: 4.3 g/L
Soil Type: Albariza, white color, clay texture and high in calcic carbonate
Vineyard: Tio Diego comes from Valdespino's estate Macharnudo Alto vineyard. The vines are 50 years old.
Type of Aging: Biological (under flor) and Oxidative
Number of Levels: 10 Criaderas and 1 Solera
Average Age: Over 18 years old (10 biological and 8 oxidative)
Winemaking Notes: The Palomino grapes are harvested by hand. Fermentation of the must occurs in American oak barrels. It ages under a veil of flor for more than nine years. Further maturing, allowing oxidation of the wine, takes place another eight years before bottling. The evolution to oxidative aging is gradual and occurs as the alcohol naturally increased through evaporation and flor disappears.
Tasting Notes: Tio Diego Amontillado Sherry is medium amber in color with bright intensity. There is a clear reminiscence of its biological aging under flor along with hazelnut, toffee, butterscotch and sweet spices. The finish is dry and faintly tangy. Drink this delicious amontillado sherry as an aperitif or pair it with soups, smoked fish, cured meats, and vegetables (perfect match for artichokes and green asparagus!). It is best served slightly chilled.