Bodegas Tradición Fino Viejo Jerez

SKU #1157877 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tradición keeps releasing unfiltered, 3,000-bottle lots of a very old (average 10 years under 'flor') Fino from their 'soleras'. I've drunk this wine quite frequently over the past 18 months and it's going from strength to strength. The nose is full of aromas; chalk, hay and straw, esparto grass, brine, very strong green olives and sea breeze. The palate is medium to full-bodied and unctuous reflecting a wine that has consumed the glycerin by the effect of the flor and then gained volume from the dead yeasts. This is a serious, powerful, concentrated Fino that is stunning together with 'jamón'. (JG)  (10/2014)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Focused and pure, featuring citrus oil, salted brioche, tarragon and jasmine notes allied to a bone-dry frame. Lengthy, with a lingering stony accent. (JM)  (10/2013)

K&L Notes

Notes of brown butter, lemons and rich, old flor define this wine, which is deeply flavored, elegant, long and waiting for any number of food pairings. It sort of reminds me of the Jerezano equivalent of a fine, barrel fermented Champagne, with years of aging on the lees in bottle. Such is the richness, intensity and flavor authority of this older Fino. Founded in 1998 by construction magnate Joaquín Rivera, Bodegas Tradición focuses exclusively on very old Sherry. Having come from a family with deep roots in the region and the Sherry business dating back to the 17th century, Rivera did not set up the bodega as a profit making enterprise, but rather purchased old soleras from the likes of Domecq as he wanted to ensure their survival, and by extension the continuity and cultural import of his home town's most famous industry. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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