Bodegas Valdespino 'Tio Diego' Amontillado Sherry, Jerez DO

Bodegas Valdespino 'Tio Diego' Amontillado Sherry, Jerez DO

Item Number: 6087

UPC: 8-410792002687

Country: Spain
Region: Andalucia
Sub Region: Jerez
Appellation/AVA: Jerez DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Macharnudo
Grape(s): 100% Palomino Fino
Type: Wine - Sherry & Madeira (Fortified)
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
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.


  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 92 (7/31/2013)

    Smoky and taut, featuring date, dried orange peel, clove, singed sandalwood and salted caramel notes. The dry, nervy finish has lots of tension. Begs for salted almonds.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (8/29/2013)

    The NV Tio Diego Amontillado Palomino from the Macharnudo vineyard, is fermented in botas, aged biologically for 10 years under flor in a solera separated from Inocente, and with a further five years of oxidative aging. It has a beautiful, perfumed nose of dry flowers, very elegant and clean, subtle, with some saline notes, both in the nose and the palate, where it is balanced, medium-bodied and elegant. A very fine Amontillado, showing superb value for a 15-year-old wine. Drink 2013-2019.
  • Decanter
    Rating: 96 (6/8/2023)

    (Gold) Smoky charred wood and roasted almonds interwoven with a breeze of crushed sea shells and grated lemon zest. Has a shapely viscosity and long, spicy finish.