Valdespino Contrabandista | Medium Dry Amontillado Blend NV / 750 ml.

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SP8989 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 2013
Delivers a caressing feel, with caramel, prune, toffee and pecan notes. Well-embedded acidity carries the finish and adds life. Ever so slightly fluid in the end, presenting a lingering hint of coffee.
RP8989 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 29th Dec 2014
The NV Contrabandista is a blend of the style called medium dry that is usually a very commercial category of cheap sherries. It is an off-dry blend of Palomino produced in an Amontillado way (biological + oxidative aging) and around 5% Pedro Ximénez with 30 grams of residual sugar which averages 18 years of age. It’s has a mahogany color, with a bright amber border with aromas of dates and raisins that give a sapid, bittersweet sensation in a medium-bodied palate of moderate sweetness. This is easy to drink. (Luis Gutiérrez)
SP8888 pts. - Wine Spectator - Dec 31, 2008
Dark in color and off-dry, displaying caramel, milk chocolate, fig paste and smoke notes. Well balanced. An easy style to appreciate. Drink now. 100 cases imported.

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SP89 89 pts. / Wine Spectator (Web only – 2013)

Delivers a caressing feel, with caramel, prune, toffee and pecan notes. Well-embedded acidity carries the finish and adds life. Ever so slightly fluid in the end, presenting a lingering hint of coffee.

RP89 89 pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (29th Dec 2014)

The NV Contrabandista is a blend of the style called medium dry that is usually a very commercial category of cheap sherries. It is an off-dry blend of Palomino produced in an Amontillado way (biological + oxidative aging) and around 5% Pedro Ximénez with 30 grams of residual sugar which averages 18 years of age. It’s has a mahogany color, with a bright amber border with aromas of dates and raisins that give a sapid, bittersweet sensation in a medium-bodied palate of moderate sweetness. This is easy to drink. (Luis Gutiérrez)

SP88 88 pts. / Wine Spectator (Dec 31, 2008)

Dark in color and off-dry, displaying caramel, milk chocolate, fig paste and smoke notes. Well balanced. An easy style to appreciate. Drink now. 100 cases imported.

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SKU 34715
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Valdespino Contrabandista
Country Spain
Region Jerez
Product Location - Location-Appellation Jerez-Xeres-Sherry
Package Size 750 ml.
Brand Valdespino
Bottles per Case 12
Spirit/Port Style Amontillado
Vintage NV
Can it be Shipped Yes
Rating 89.00 pts
Premier Pick No
Wine Spectator Top 100 Year 6
Wine Type Fortified WIne
Grape(s) 95% Palomino Fino, 5% Pedro Ximénez
Primary Grape Palomino
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
Same Region, Same Vintage, Same Grape
Harveys Bristol Cream NV / 1.0 L.

NV / 1.0 L.

Item #: 55327

SP8585 pts. - Wine Spectator - Dec 15, 2003
Sweet and pleasant, with caramel and raisin notes, but not that complex, with a nutty aftertaste. Drink now. 120,000 cases imported.
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RP9090 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 1st Feb 2007
The non-vintage Rare Cream, Superior is a moderately sweet, pleasant Sherry. Do your old grandmother a favor and give her this sophisticated drink instead of Harvey’s Bristol Cream.
WS8989 pts. - Wine & Spirits - October 1, 2013
With scents of baked apples and figs, this Cream stands out for its smooth softness, a texture that will meld with pastel de nueces.
SP8989 pts. - Wine Spectator - Sep 30, 2002
Elegant and complex. Beautifully balanced, this sweet Sherry bears a firm structure, lending a dryness on the finish and carrying the nut, smoke and caramel accents to a long finish. Drink now.
SP8888 pts. - Wine Spectator - Aug 31, 2016
Offers a friendly, open-knit feel, without the overt headiness of most cream version. Sports licorice root, fruitcake and brown bread notes, laced with a hint of toasted raisin. Drink now. 400 cases made.
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Wine Spectator Top 100 SelectionWine Spectator Top 100 selection - 2018 | #37
SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - May 31, 2018
A bright, high-pitched style, showing tangy quinine and chamomile notes laced with talc and fleur de sel flavors. Very dry, brisk, stony-edged finish. An absolute delight. Drink now. 62,000 cases made.
WS9292 pts. - Wine & Spirits - April 1, 2005
Consistently one of the finest traditional manzanillas you’ll ever taste, La Gitana might as well be the Webster’s entry for the category; pale straw color, salty seaside freshness and a dry, tangy, yet rich flavor. And that flavor lingers after each sip, too, like sea spray.
WE8989 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 11/15/2004
The benchmark among fino-style Sherries is La Gitana. Simply put, it’s a classic. Pour yourself a copita of this beauty and sip it while munching some olives, peanuts or pistachios. Shazzam! You’re transported to a whitewashed village in Andalusia. Aromas of mushroom and yeast are just as they should be. And deep within are subtle flavors of marzipan and citrus. The long, salty, bone-dry finish cleanses the palate and primes your appetite for better things to come.
RP8888 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 1st Aug 2013
The NV Manzanilla La Gitana is a fresh Manzanilla aged under flor for five years of pale gold color, has some bruised apple notes on the nose, typical of younger wines. It develops some citric and chalky notes with time and air. The palate is quite soft, medium-bodied, with a bitter touch in the end. 1,200,000 bottles are filled yearly. Drink 2013–2014.
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Primary Grape: Palomino

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Wine Spec. Top 100 - 2018 | #37

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RP8989 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 28th Aug 2013
The impressive line-up is opened with the pale-colored NV Manzanilla Deliciosa, which is produced with Palomino grapes from the Miraflores vineyard and aged for five years under yeast. It is a finer version of La Guita, easy to drink, with a sweet note of apples in the nose, a polished and gentle palate, ending with a saline touch. Drink 2013–2014.
WS8989 pts. - Wine & Spirits - October 1, 2013
Subtly perfumed with salted nuts and spices, this Manzanilla slips through the mouth with delicate acidity and a slightly oily texture. Delicious with fried sardines.
SP8989 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 2013
Lovely salt, Brazil nut and floral notes combine with a bitter citrus oil accent on the taut finish. Drink now. 800 cases made.
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RP8989 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 28th Aug 2013
The impressive line-up is opened with the pale-colored NV Manzanilla Deliciosa, which is produced with Palomino grapes from the Miraflores vineyard and aged for five years under yeast. It is a finer version of La Guita, easy to drink, with a sweet note of apples in the nose, a polished and gentle palate, ending with a saline touch. Drink 2013–2014.
WS8989 pts. - Wine & Spirits - October 1, 2013
Subtly perfumed with salted nuts and spices, this Manzanilla slips through the mouth with delicate acidity and a slightly oily texture. Delicious with fried sardines.
SP8989 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 2013
Lovely salt, Brazil nut and floral notes combine with a bitter citrus oil accent on the taut finish. Drink now. 800 cases made.
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Primary Grape: Palomino

375 ml

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SP9090 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 31, 2013
The rum raisin, date and burnt orange peel notes are nicely melded, with fruitcake and licorice root accents, all allied to a juicy, lush frame. Drink now. 400 cases made.
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Valdespino Tio Diego Amontillado | Single Vineyard Dry Sherry NV / 750 ml.

Single Vineyard Dry Sherry
NV / 750 ml.

Item #: 39084

RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 28th Aug 2013
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.
SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 31, 2013
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. 1,600 cases made.
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Valdespino Inocente Fino | Dry Sherry NV / 375 ml.

Dry Sherry
NV / 375 ml.

Item #: 34717

RP9494 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 28th Aug 2013
The NV Fino Inocente must be one of the few wines in Jerez that is still fermented in 600-liter American oak botas, which is an incredible amount of work compared with fermenting tens of thousands of kilos of grapes (or even more) in a big stainless steel tank. This method was the norm of yesteryear, but is so labor intense that it was discontinued in most wineries, and gives a big diversity of wines, as each barrel has its own character, which contributes to the complexity of the blend. Furthermore, the bottled wine is on average 8 to 10 years old. One other thing that makes it apart from other Finos is that the grapes are exclusively from the high part of the Macharnudo vineyard, so this is a single-vineyard Fino. The nose is very complex, showing the effect of the long lees contact: chalk, dried hay, aromatic herbs and salty almonds. The palate is full, but at the same time elegant and balanced, powerful and fine, with the texture of a Meursault rather than a Puligny. A very complex wine, that manages to be both powerful and elegant. Inocente is great value for money. Drink 2013–2016.
WS9494 pts. - Wine & Spirits - October 1, 2013
Inocente is one of the only Fino Sherries (and perhaps the only one) that still follows the tradition of fermentation in wood. The slow exposure to oxygen as it ages in barrels increases the wine’s aromatic complexity, the notes fanning out beyond salt and citrus toward herbs and smoke. It feels tense and firm, driven by electric acidity, ready for tapas, like boquerones or fried baitfish.
SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 31, 2013
High-pitched, featuring talc, chamomile, chalk and jicama notes, followed by a pure, stone-tinged finish. Very graceful, lacy and long. Drink now. 2,500 cases made.
SP8989 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 2008
Delicate and bright, with green olive, iodine and a touch of the seashore. It ends with a crisp finish and saline taste. Drink now. 200 cases imported.
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Primary Grape: Palomino

375 ml

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