List with the best fino sherry wines for all budgets
This is the list with the best fino sherry wine in my opinion, as well as some of my other favourite fino sherries. Of course the list includes sherry wines that people can buy and that are not only for wine collectors.
I have separated the best finos by cost, to cover all budgets. A good old fino wine is an incredible sherry. In fact, François Chartier said that fino sherry is the most versatile wine and the king of pairing with its over 300 aldehydes. It has a slightly bitter taste, full-bodied and with strong bakery aromas…. One of the best wines to pair with food in the world!
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If you would like more information about what fino is and how is sherry produced, please click here. On the other hand, you can watch the following video to learn how each sherry wine is made.
As I do sherry wine tours in the province of Cadiz, some guests have asked me which sherry I recommend. In this blog I talk about my recommendations and the fino sherries that I use on my routes.
Hopefully this blog helps you decide which fino sherry to buy. I use many of the following wines on my routes, as I consider them my favourites. I never receive benefit from any sherry winery, not even through my tours.
However, if you live in Spain, click this link to find all the options in the Spanish version.
Other types of sherries, from dry to sweet
If this blog makes you feel like you need a sherry in hand and you do not have any, you may want to check out the following blogs. Click on any of the following links if you are interested in knowing my favourite wines for each type of sherry.
Do you want to try a different biological aged sherry wine? If so, click here to see some of my favourite manzanilla wines. Is your favourite sherry wine palo cortado? If so, click here to see some of my favourites. Amontillado is my favourite sherry wine, click here if you love it as well. If you love oxidative ageing then click here to find my favourite oloroso sherry wine. However, if you prefer sweet sherry wines, click here to see what I recommend within cream sherry.
On the other hand, if you want to learn more about: biological and oxidative aging; the soleras system; and the “flor” (the layer of yeast that grows on some sherry types), click here.
Best fino sherry wine
In this section I dedicate it to what I believe is the best fino wine, with the best blend of tradition and quality.
Fino Tres Palmas (González Byass)
Temperance, wisdom and style in this Tío Pepe with 10 years age on average. Fine very old, with a biological ageing to the limit. After a decade of ageing, only a few casks maintain traces of yeast, which continued to magically interact with the wine. A single cask was selected among the 150 that make up this historic solera to obtain this wine, the cask number 18. It can be called fino-amontillado as the layer of yeast is starting to let oxygen in, affecting the bouquet.
The Fino Tres Palmas from 2020 was selected in collaboration with Ferran Centelles, exsommelier of El Bulli. The wine list “Peñin” scored the fino tres palmas with 96 points.
Fino Tradición (Bodegas Tradición)
Fino Tradicion sherry wine is 12 years old. An incredible sherry able to survive and age that long with a layer of yeast covering the whole surface. Peñin wine guide gave Fino Tradicion 96 points.
Fino en Rama de Añada (Williams and Humbert)
Every year the cellar Williams and Humbert bottle a certain amount of bottles from each year that do not go through the Criadera and solera system. This sherry ages in one single cask until it is ready to be sold and the layer of yeast is able to survive without needing new wine. Sometimes they bottle it with 3 years and sometimes more, depending on the evolution of the sherry.
This type of sherry is not that common and when the year’s yield is good the sherry is also incredible, similarly to Champagne. The Fino en Rama de Añada tends to have over 93 points in the Peñin guide.
Best value fino sherry wine
In this section I will include the fino wines that I love and that have a great value.
Argueso Fino 1822
It has an average of 8 years and the grapes gre on a soil rich in Calcium in “subzona jerez superior” which the palomino grape loves. Argueso Fino 1822 has 94 points in the wine guide of Peñín.
Fino Fernando de Castilla
This Fino sherry from Jerez de la Frontera is a 5 year old fino sherry. Fernando de Castilla cellar is a sherry bodega downtown with a long history in brandies and vinegars, however, they are making great sherries. Fino Fernando de Castilla has 91 points in Peñin guide.
Fino Inocente sherry from Valdespino cellar (Grupo Estévez)
This wine has an average of more than 8 years and the “flor” has survived all that time. Even though it is a fino, they have passed the wine through 10 “criaderas” instead of the usual 4-5. This helps the flor to feed more as it has been receiving more nutrients from the younger wines. To learn more how sherry is produced and the specific vocabulary, click here.
Other than that, this fino is unique in the sherry region as it is a wine of terroir. All the grapes picked from a single vineyard, “macharnudo”, considered to have one of the best soils for palomino in the area because of location and Calcium content. It is also one of the only wines that has kept with tradition and the fermentation happens in an oak barrel and not in a stainless steel tank.
Fino Inocente sherry received 94+ points by Parker, and 95 by Peñin.
Fino from Gutierrez Colosia
Finally the last fino sherry I am going to talk about is the wonderful fino from Gutierrez Colosia. A young fino of only 3 years old from Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz.
This fino has strong salinity notes, as it is so close to the port and it receives a strong Atlantic sea breeze. Peñin guide gave the fino from Gutierrez Colosia 93 points.
Sherry wine tours in Cadiz province
Thank you so much for reading this blog of the best fino sherry wines. If you are looking for Sherry wine experiences to taste and understand the types of sherry wine even better, contact us. We do cultural and culinary experiences throughout Cadiz province. I will now take advantage to show off to you the great food tours in Cadiz province that we do. Officially, Vejer de la Frontera is one of the most beautiful villages of Spain, you should come and meet us!
Sherry wine tours
Join my virtual online sherry tour if you are interested in doing a sherry tasting from home with me while we learn about sherry history, sherry production and how each type of sherry is made.
Join my Ultimate Sherry wine Tasting tour within Jerez-Sherry-Xeres D.O. and Manzanilla, and learn the full sherry process from the vineyard to your glass. Enjoy the best Sherry bodega tours, local culture and traditions and the local gastronomy. In case you don’t have a car we can arrange transport, restaurant and the rest of your trip for you. We can design a private tour just for you and your family.
Please watch the next video to see what do we do in the sherry winery tour:
If you are staying in Vejer de la Frontera or within Cadiz province we can organise a private Sherry wine tasting with local gourmet tapas for your group. We will go to your place and do a Sherry wine or Andalusian wine tasting for you privately. We will eat tapas paired with each sherry. In the tour you can choose premium Sherries; a mix of VORS and premium Sherries; or Andalusian wines in case you do not like Sherry wine.
Our sherry & tapas tour in Cadiz or Vejer de la Frontera is always a good hit! Learn about 5 different sherry wines (from dry to sweet), wine tastings, and how to pair it with gourmet traditional food from the area. The tour includes 5 gourmet tapas and 5 wine/Sherries.
Sherry wine love is very contagious, surely you will also become a sherry lover!