Valdespino "Tio Diego" Amontillado Jerez
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
Wine & Spirits
Notes of limestone and salt frame the center of this Amontillado, a wine focused on walnut richness and earthy detail, the peaty scent recalling an aged whisky. While it’s intense in both flavors and acidity, the components strike an impressive balance. Like its sibling, Inocente (recommended on the next page), Tío Diego is fermented in old American oak botas of around 500 liters, a practice that many bodegas in Jerez have abandoned in favor of stainless steel.
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. Drink now.