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Valdespino, Fino Inocente

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Region: Jerez-Xerès-Sherry
Vintage: NV
Grape Varieties:
Palomino 100% Colour: Sherry
Alcohol Level: 15%
Production Style: Conventional
Closure: Stopper Cork (Sherry )

Availability: In stock

€14.95

Bottle Size: 375ml half bottle
Light, clean and super dry, and increasingly fashionable as an accompaniment to seafood and sushi. This excellent Fino is bone dry with a fabulous tangy bite, but with a little more weight and body than Manzanilla. It makes a fabulous pre-lunch drink, and is simply delicious with salted nuts, charcuturie and seafood. Terrific value too.

The Domaine
Valdespino’s flagship wine is its iconic Fino, “Inocente.” Finos, particularly with food, are among the greatest experiences a wine lover can enjoy. Sadly, though, most of today’s Finos give only a poor imitation of that thrill ride. In contrast, Inocente’s flavor profile has been essentially unchanged over the past 200 years. It continues to provide all the yeastiness and minerality that has made it Jerez’s most revered Fino for generations. It is widely regarded as the archetype for traditional Fino Sherry.
Other houses take shortcuts to meet the demand for light, young wines, a trend that began in the 1970s. But Inocente is a Fino that dares to be great.
Where all other Finos are blended from multiple sources, Inocente has always come exclusively from Jerez's greatest vineyard, Macharnudo, whose high altitude slopes of pure albariza chalk give the Inocente solera its intensely mineral signature for a century.
Secondly, Inocente is the only Sherry today that is still barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts, giving it unmatched richness and nuance.
Finally, there is the age and complexity of Inocente's solera: ten criaderas rather than the more typical two or three. And the overall age of Inocente at bottling is ten years, an exceptionally long time under flor for a Fino.

Press
"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 labour 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.
Finally, there is the age and complexity of Inocente's solera: ten criaderas rather than the more typical two or three. And the overall age of Inocente at bottling is ten years, an exceptionally long time under flor for a Fino." 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate .

Food Pairing
It makes a fabulous pre-lunch drink, and is simply delicious with salted nuts, charcuturie and seafood.

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