Rey Fernando de Castilla Fino Jerez

SKU #1139291 91 points Wine Spectator

 This has enticing range, with hints of nectarine and white peach out front, followed quickly by a saltier profile of chalk, quinine, Brazil nut and citrus oil. The long, vigorous finish has lovely spine, leaving a fleur de sel note echoing. (JM)  (8/2014)

K&L Notes

Lots of attention has recently been placed on the historic region and stunning wines of Jerez. Despite all the newspaper articles, restaurant by-the-glass placements, even a serious new book on the topic, the spotlight has generally avoided Rey Fernando de Castilla. Now that we finally have the wines available to us in California, it is our intention to change that and to spread the word about this wonderful house. Founded in 1999 by Jan Petterson, a Norwegian who is a long-time veteran of the sherry trade, these are excellent sherries across the board, particularly the antique line featuring some very old, carefully kept up soleras. Petterson has proven to be quite the visionary, placing his bets on very high-quality, limited-production wines a good decade prior to the rise in interest in top-quality, collectible sherry. These wines are all of the highest quality and come highly recommended. (Joe Manekin, K&L Sherry Buyer)

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