Bodegas Valdespino (375 ml) 'Toneles' Moscatel Sherry, Jerez DO

Bodegas Valdespino (375 ml) 'Toneles' Moscatel Sherry, Jerez DO

Item Number: 7485

UPC: None

Country: Spain
Region: Andalusia
Sub Region: Andalusia
Appellation/AVA: Jerez DO
Grape(s): 100% Moscatel
Type: Wine - Fortified
Bottle Size: 375 ml
Pack: 1
Closure: T Top
Alc by Vol(%): 15

Winemaking Notes: The Moscatel grapes are slowly pressed and allowed to begin the alcoholic fermentation naturally. The wine is then fortified to stop fermentation and retain some natural sugar. The wine then enters the Promesa solera which feeds the last criadera of Toneles. The Toneles solera is named so because the wine ages in toneles or 1,000-liter barrels rather than 500-liter barrels for the other wines. The average age of the wine is 80+ years. The solera consists of only 1 tonel.

Tasting Notes: A very intense mahogany color with dense and remarkable personality. The aromas are of great complexity, intensity and persistence. Notes of nuts, coffee, very fine liquors, spices and chocolate. On the palate it is most powerful with marvelous texture and body. Exceptional flavors of citruses - oranges, grapefruits and mandarins. It has sweetness but is also very fresh with great acidity. A truly unique wine.

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 100 (8/1/2013)

    The NV Moscatel Toneles has reached a mythical status locally in Spain. It’s an extremely old, concentrated and powerful sweet wine that was long forgotten, because there was no market for it. The color is dark brown, almost opaque with amber-green edges. The ever-changing nose is an explosion of spices (curry and cinnamon) and noble woods, and from the sheer concentration it displays a myriad of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, balsamic herbs and even a note of coconut. After some time in the glass the roasted orange notes of Muscat come back intermixed with very spicy incense notes. Give it more time and it smells of camphor. It’s fascinating to smell it over the course of a few hours - even days. The palate is immensely concentrated, with the alcohol perfectly integrated and the extreme sweetness compensated by a piercing acidity that reminds me of some century-old Madeiras. It ends with an acute coffee note. The aftertaste is eternal. It is exceptional that such an old wine (it could be over 80 years of average age) keeps the freshness and balance, but when this happens, the wine is exceptional. A world-class sweet wine that shows what aged Muscat is able for. With its 430 grams of residual sugar, this wine is indestructible, but only 100 bottles are withdrawn and bottled yearly from a single, large cask. Drink 2013-2034.