Bodegas Valdespino (375 ml) 'Inocente' Fino Sherry, Jerez DO

Bodegas Valdespino (375 ml) 'Inocente' Fino Sherry, Jerez DO

Item Number: 6286

UPC: 8-412449102283

Country: Spain
Region: Andalusia
Sub Region: Andalusia
Appellation/AVA: Jerez DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Palomino
Type: Wine - Fortified
Bottle Size: 375 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Screwcap
Alc by Vol(%): 15

Winemaking Notes:  Grapes are sourced from the Macharnudo Alto and vines in excess of 25 years old. The wine is fermented naturally in very old oak barrels. They remain in this “sobretabla” for 1 year fermenting to about 12% alcohol and forming the flor. The wine is then removed from the lees and fortified to 15% and introduced to the first “criadera” or level of the Inocente solera. The wine undergoes biological aging under veil of flor (yeast) for over 8 years. There are 10 criaderas + the Solera where most Finos on the market only have 3 years aging.

Tasting Notes:  Pale straw color. Very delicate and sharp, with clear almonds notes and autolysis. Soft entry, round with structure, volume and character but as well fresh and saline. Long wine and persistent. Enjoy as an aperitif, while cooking, and accompanying the whole meal with it. It is ideal matching seafood and products of saline flavor and with acidity. Very interesting to observe the evolution with the years. The wine goes up in color intensity, gaining in depth and complexity, and it will remain being enjoyable during many years.

Reviews

  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 92 (7/31/2013)

    High-pitched, featuring talc, chamomile, chalk and jicama notes, followed by a pure, stone-tinged finish. Very graceful, lacy and long.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (8/29/2013)

    The NV Fino Inocente must be one of the few wines in Jerez that is still fermented in 600-liter American oak botas, which is an incredible amount of work compared with fermenting tens of thousands of kilos of grapes (or even more) in a big stainless steel tank. This method was the norm of yesteryear, but is so labor intense that it was discontinued in most wineries, and gives a big diversity of wines, as each barrel has its own character, which contributes to the complexity of the blend. Furthermore, the bottled wine is on average 8 to 10 years old. One other thing that makes it apart from other Finos is that the grapes are exclusively from the high part of the Macharnudo vineyard, so this is a single-vineyard Fino. The nose is very complex, showing the effect of the long lees contact: chalk, dried hay, aromatic herbs and salty almonds. The palate is full, but at the same time elegant and balanced, powerful and fine, with the texture of a Meursault rather than a Puligny. A very complex wine, that manages to be both powerful and elegant. Inocente is great value for money. Drink 2013-2016.