Pull the cork on a bottle of Valdespino Oloroso Don Gonzalo VOS NV and you’re met with an immediate explosion of scents, a heady mix of bitter almonds and hazelnuts. The merest hint of incense adds an enticing layer of complexity, while a whisper of Cuban cigar ash brings an intriguing smoky note. And finally, the rich scent of dark chocolate adds an unmissable level of indulgence. A first taste confirms the luxurious promise of the nose. This highly complex wine rolls through the palate revealing layers of deep flavor. Caramel sweetness is underscored by smooth, buttery toffee and counterbalanced by a savory richness from flavors of roasted nuts. Fruit makes a pleasing appearance in the form of sweet, succulent raisins, while further complexity is added by subtle singed alder, steeped tobacco leaf, and warm cardamom and clove spices. Added to all this are pronounced bitter notes and an unmissable full-bodied richness, adding depth and substance to the palate. Lastly, Velvety and caressing texture wraps everything in a luxurious blanket of satisfaction, making this wine an indulgent journey through the pantheon of taste.
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Valdespino Oloroso Don Gonzalo VOS NV belongs to a lineage steeped in tradition. Valdespino, one of the oldest bodegas in Jerez, can trace its wine-growing history back to 1264. The Don Gonzalo VOS NV pays homage to Gonzalo Valdespino, one of the original founders. The Solera system was started in the late 19th century, the solera from which this wine is drawn is specially selected due to the unique quality of the casks used, which results in a wine of almost indescribable complexity, depth, and character. With an average age of 20 years, and limited production, this VOS (Very Old Sherry) is a nod to the past and a testament to the craft developed over centuries.
Valdespino Oloroso Don Gonzalo VOS NV should be stored upright, in a cool, dark, dry place, away from heat or direct sunlight. The optimal storage temperature is 15-18°C. Once opened, the bottle should be resealed and consumed within several weeks for optimal flavor.