Bodegas Tradición Fino Viejo Jerez

SKU #1157877 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I tasted five different bottlings of the very old Fino from Tradición, starting with the younger NV Fino Viejo Tradición from the May 2017 release. When they do the spring bottling the flor is really blooming (literally!) and the wines are more expressive. This feels very young and has plenty of yeasty aromas, hints of esparto grass and olives in brine. The palate is dry, intense and sharp but with the volume and concentration of old age. Each bottling sees 3,000 bottles filled. It's fascinating to see how the wine evolves in bottle, so there is no rush to drink it...if you can wait! (LG) 92+  (12/2017)

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)

Jancis Robinson

 Finely fragrant – salty of course but not just. Also dried herbs and soy. Powerful and savoury on the palate. Shows the complexity of age but the balance is excellent. Intense but not painful. Long and precise and saliva-producing. Worth the money for a special occasion and an appreciative audience. 17.5/20 points (JH)  (4/2016)

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 one 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.

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