Valdespino Contrabandista Amontillado is a medium dry sherry that is from the same single vineyard, Macharnudo, that is also the source of their famed Inocente Fino.Ê It spends 8 years aging under flor and then an additional 8 years aging in the amontillado solera. A small amount of Pedro Ximenez is then added to give the juice just a bit of sweetness and roundness to the palate. Dark amber color, richly scented with aromas of smoke and toasted nuts and flavors of dried plum, spice, burnt toffee and a hint of raisin fruit. Bright acidity and nice minerality maintains the balance of flavors. As an added bonus, the label is fabulous and would make a great gift.