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Jerez DO Fino "Inocente" Valdespino NV 375ml


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The jewel in Valdespino's centuries old bodegas in Jerez. 100% Palomino grapes from bush vines over 20 years old planted in chalky southeast facing vineyards. After a year of vinifying in very old oak casks, this exceptional Fino undergoes extended aging under flor for at least 10 years, way more than the typical Fino which is aged for 3 years. This results in a Sherry with supreme refinement and depth of flavors. Delicate and complex with almond notes. Lots of volume and character as well as a fresh taste, with saline notes.

"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." 94/100 Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2013