Aging: Old Valdespino Oloroso with a touch of PX. Oxidative aging is over 20 years. The solera was first started in 1842.
Notes: The color is an intense mahogany. On the nose there is a hint of prunes with toasted nuts. The palate has a great jam and toast quality with a touch of spice.
Publication: Wine advocate
Produced in an unusual style for high end wines, the NV Solera 1942 VOS is a semi-sweet Oloroso with around 8% Pedro Ximénez, 60 grams of residual sugar and quite high acidity (6.8 grams) compared with others. It's a very old Oloroso with the PX added at around the halfway mark in its aging process (around 30 years on average) so the two will be well integrated with each other. This is close to a Cream Sherry, and has an unusual nose with aromas of tar, charred oranges, tobacco, menthol with some reductive touches that are fresh and sweet at the same time; quite unusual. The palate is quite sweet, but somehow balanced, intense, round, with good length.
Valdespino belongs to Grupo Estévez, who ages and amazing 35,000 butts of sherry in their winery in the outskirts of Jerez.
Publication: Wine Spectator
Anise, date, orange bitters and toffee notes are nicely melded together, with a slightly sweet edge that carries the fruitcake - and Christmas pudding - framed finish. - JM