Valdespino "Deliciosa" Manzanilla en Rama Saca de Primavera 2014 (375ml)
From one of our favorite Sherry producers, Valdespino, this is a once-a-year saca of Manzanilla en Rama, arguably the most intense, representative and transformative expression of flor aged Sherry around. We cannot wait to get this into your glasses, as well as ours! (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer) Luis Gutierrez, from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, writes of Valdespino: "I’ve often called Valdespino “the Romanee-Conti of Jerez.” Well, there, I’ve said it. To me they represent quality and tradition at the very top of the Sherry hierarchy. The winery, soleras and brands are old, registered in 1875, but with documentation about their commercial and winegrowing activities going back to the 13th century. Their recent history starts in 1999, when Jose Estevez purchases the company from the Valdespino family. Today Valdespino is the jewel in the crown of the Grupo Estevez, which also includes Real Tesoro and La Guita, who stock and age 35,000 botas of Sherry and own 800 hectares of vineyards, 56 of which come from the Pago Macharnudo, on pure white albariza soil, one of the best vineyards in the Marco de Jerez, and 17 hectares from the heart of Macharnudo are still fermented in bota today and form the core of brands like Inocente, Tio Diego, CP or Cardenal."