Valdespino, El Candado, Pedro Ximenez, Sherry

GENERAL INFORMATION

Estate / Producer / Brand: Valdespino

Region: Jerez, Andalusia, Spain

Appellation: D.O. Jerez

Type: Fortified Red wine

Vintage: Non Vintage

Date of Tasting: November 2022 – Bottle

Type of viticulture: Traditional

Grapes used: 100% Pedro Ximenez

Blend: N/A

Winemaking details: Asoleo process (fruits are dried) + oxidative process

Aging: Not communicated

Sugar level: 400 g / Liter

Sulphites: contains sulphites

APPEARANCE

  • Colour = Brown
  • Intensity = Deep

NOSE

  • Intensity = Pronounced
  • Aromas Characteristics = Primary + Tertiary
  • Aromas = Candied Fruits, Dried Fruits, Caramel, Cherry, Plum, Chocolate

PALATE

  • Sweetness = Sweet
  • Acidity = Medium
  • Tannins = N/A
  • Alcohol = Medium (17°)
  • Body = Full
  • Flavour Intensity = Pronounced
  • Flavour Characteristics = Primary + Tertiary
  • Flavour details = Candied Fruits, Dried Fruits, Caramel, Cherry, Plum, Chocolate
  • Other = long finish (but sugary)
  • Finish = Long

GENERAL ASSESSMENT (1)

  • Overall Quality = Good
  • Bottle Aging =
    • Can be kept at around 10°C for up to 3-5 years
    • Will not gain from aging
  • Retail Price = 15 euros for a 75cl individual bottle (France retail price, incl. taxes)
  • Value for Money = at the right price
  • Comparison with same price competition = slightly above average
  • Suitability for Diabetics = Absolutely not suitable
  • Service Temperature = around 10°C
  • Suggested Food & Wine Pairing = desserts
  • Comments = powerful candied and dried fruit flavours together with a long after taste. Its excessive sugar imbalance and sugary finish prevent it from pretending to a higher grade
  • Final Grade = B

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(1)GENERAL ASSESSMENT GUIDE

Please note that although all efforts have been made to be as objective as possible, the general assessment inherently involves a degree of subjectivity based on a personal evaluation of the wine.

  • Overall Quality scale
    • Poor < Acceptable < Good < Very Good < Outstanding
  • Bottle Aging
    • Will it beneficiate from additional aging?
  • Retail Price
    • Usually the retail price for one bottle including taxes
  • Value for Money
    • Quality offered compared to the price paid
  • Comparison with same price competition
    • where does it stand compared to average competition of the same price range
  • Suitability for Diabetics
    • Evaluation of the level of final sugar for early stages diabetics
  • Comments
    • Any additional elements worth noting
  • Final Grade Scale
    • A++ = Out of the Charts Wine (Stellar, Hors Classe, Fuori Classe)
    • A+ = Outstanding Wine
    • A = Exceptional Wine
    • A- = Great Wine
    • B+ = Very Good
    • B = Good
    • B- = Noteworthy
    • C+ = Acceptable
    • C = Poor
    • F = The worst grade of this scale
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