Valdespino, Palo Cortado, Viejo CP Sherry
Valdespino selects the most delicate casks from the ninth criadera (the second stage) of their Fino Inocente and Amontillado Tio Diego soleras and fortifies them to stop the growth of flor. It then enters a new solera with four criaderas, where it transforms from Fino / Amontillado to Palo Cortado through oxidative aging.
This is old school, single-vineyard sherry from barrel-fermented musts. Its average age is estimated to be around 20-25 years.
"...smoky and rich in caramelized flavor, but tastes dry to the bone; all those ripe flavors become the purest mineral impressions. A sense of chalky albariza soil floods the palate as the acidity tingles along the tongue, leading the way into a vertical wine, intense and vibrant." - 96 points Wine & Spirits