75% Palomino Fino, 25% Pedro Ximenez
Isabela is an old oloroso blended with some PX from El Candado. Some of the blend ages together. In total the oxidative aging exceeds 15 years.
Dark mahogany in color. Aromas of dried fruits, oak and raisins. The palate is smooth, well balanced, rich and complex with a very long finish.
The NV Isabela is a Cream Sherry produced as a blend of Oloroso made with Palomino and Pedro Ximénez at 17.5% alcohol and some 120 grams of residual sugar. It's a dark mahogany color with a nose of incense, spices, dates and raisins and a very sweet palate with flavors of sugar cane that are a little roasted. Valdespino belongs to Grupo Estévez, who ages and amazing 35,000 butts of sherry in their winery in the outskirts of Jerez.
The rum raisin, date and burnt orange peel notes are nicely melded, with fruitcake and licorice root accents, all allied to a juicy, lush frame. - JM
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