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Bodegas Valdespino "Cardenal" Palo Cortado VORS NV

99 Wine Advocate
(8/2013) ?The NV Palo Cortado Cardenal VORS, like the whole VORS collection from Valdespino is outstanding. It is fed from the solera of the Palo Cortado C.P. where the Palomino grapes come from the Macharnudo Alto vineyard, fermented in American oak botas. It's 22% alcohol and has nine grams of (undetectable) residual sugar which makes it very drinkable. It's a monumental wine of dark mahogany color with a green edge, a complex, ever-changing, concentrated, clean and delineated nose of spices, dark chocolate, Cuban cigar and balsamic notes of incense, and a sharp, saline palate. It is highly concentrated, powerful and clean, with an eternal, lingering aftertaste. Deciding between Coliseo and Cardenal might be splitting hairs, and as much as I love Coliseo, I felt Cardenal was just one notch above. At the quality helm of Palo Cortado. Drink 2013-2025. ?
$
17599
375 ML
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Bodegas Tradicion Pedro Ximenez Sherry NV

94 Wine Spectator
95 Wine & Spirits
92 Wine Advocate
(8/2013) "The NV Tradicion Pedro Ximenez 20 anos VOS, produced from Pedro Ximenez grapes and aged in a solera for an average of 23-25 years (which was originally purchased from Domecq & Harveys), is bottled 'young' to preserve the character of the grapes and make it more drinkable. The alcohol is also kept at the allowed minimum of 15%. It lacks the rancio notes of others, and is looking for the balance between age and fruit, raisins, dates, dried plums, cappuccino coffee, and licorice while following the clean and precise profile of all the wines they produce. The palate is equally balanced and elegant. This little monster has around 420 grams of sugar, and should be served at 12-14 C. The wine gets more focused with a little time in the glass. Drink 2013-2018."
$
8999
750 ML
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Jorge Ordonez Old Vines Malaga #3 2005

94 Wine Advocate
(2/25/2008) "The 2005 Old Vines is a selection of the best 80- to 100-year-old vineyards. It was fermented in new French oak and contains 250 g/l of residual sugar. Green gold in color, it has a superb bouquet of mineral, lime, slate, spring flowers, and tropical aromas. Sweet, viscous, and concentrated, with excellent focus and length, this is an unctuous, lengthy dessert wine with which to finish a meal."
$
2799
375 ML
Available:
~29 bottlesCheck all Stores

Bodegas Hidalgo "La Gitana" Manzanillo Sherry NV 500 ML

Manzanilla, a style of Sherry similar to Fino, is made from Palomino grapes grown off the coast of Sanlucar de Barrameda in salty, wet ocean air. This bottling from Hidalgo is dry and refreshing as traditional Manzanilla should be; perhaps a bit rounder and fuller than some.
91 Wine Spectator
"Top 100 Wines of 2013 Rank - #32" "Bright, with saline, sunchoke and blanched almond notes backed by a piercing, chalk-framed finish. This is all precision and cut. Drink now."
$
1599
500 ML
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Jorge Ordonez Victoria #2 2014

95 Wine Advocate
(11/29/2015) "An absolutely amazing, decadent, luxurious sweet wine, made from 100% Moscatel de Alexandria, the 2014 Botani Victoria #2 comes from the estate's oldest 50-year-old vines and, according to Jorge Ordoñez, it takes 17 pounds of grapes to make one 375-milliliter bottle of this elixir. Truly great stuff, it has loads of honeysuckle, caramelized tropical fruits, hints of maple syrup and brown sugar. The wine is rich, fragrant with plenty of flowery notes intermixed with wet pebble-like minerality. It is full-bodied and unctuously textured, but has enough acidity to balance the sweet, rich texture. Drink it over the next 3-4 years."
$
1499
375 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores

Bodegas Botani "Old Vines" Sierras de Malaga Moscatel 2015

91 Our Score
91 Wine Advocate
(8/2016) "A steal that I've been recommending for a number of years is the 2015 Botani Moscatel Old Vines. Totally dry and made from vines planted in 1946, 1968 and 1975, from the incredibly steep slate and quartz hillsides of Malaga, this is fermented with wild yeasts in stainless steel, where it's aged and bottled after eight months sur lie. An incredibly gorgeous flowery bouquet alone would be reason to spend the $18.00 for this medium-bodied, super-fragrant and seductive, crisp, elegant wine. The old vines, the beautiful floral notes and stunning, delicate tropical fruits that the Muscat of Alexandria varietal (the oldest clone in the Muscat family) produces, are just something to behold. Not meant for aging, but for drinking in its first year of life, so take advantage of it. For those interested: this is fermented in total stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and bottled early to preserve its incredible aromatics."
$
1479
750 ML
Available:
~45 bottlesCheck all Stores

Jorge Ordonez "#1 Seleccion Especial" Malaga 2014

Handpicked from 40-year-old Muscat Alexandria vines!
91 Vinous, Josh Raynolds
(9/2015) "(A 375-ml. bottle; 140 g/l of residual sugar): Green-tinged yellow. An exotic bouquet evoking peach and pear nectar, candied ginger, white flowers and a hint of honey. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering intense tropical and pit fruit flavors, with brightening and tightening tangy acidity. The sweet but vibrant finish shows strong closing thrust and lingering orange zest. There are 140 g/l of residual sugar here. Drinking window: 2016 - 2020."
$
1399
375 ML
Available:
~47 bottlesCheck all Stores

Bodegas Valdespino "Inocente" Fino Sherry NV

Holy cow, you need to read this write-up! This kind of complexity for ten bucks is unreal.
93 Decanter
94 Wine Advocate
(8/2013) "I've often called Valdespino 'the Romanee-Conti of Jerez.' Well, there, I've said it. To me they represent quality and tradition at the very top of the Sherry hierarchy. 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."
$
999
375 ML
Available:
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores
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