Valdespino "Inocente" Single Vineyard Fino Jerez (375ml)
Wine & Spirits
*Top 100 Best Buys of 2011* Imagine the juice of salted almonds and you'll have an idea of the flavor of this complex Fino. That almond flavor is seasoned with sea salt notes and moderated by firm acidity that refrehses the substantial weight of the wine, while smoky aromas give it an extra touch of complexity. Inocente is a single vineyard within the famed pago Macharundo; before spending eight years under flor, it was fermented in barrels, a traditional practice now rare in Jerez.
Arguably our best and most serious fino, Valdespino is unique in that they still ferment their finos in older oak barrels, not in stainless steel like everywhere else. This special fino hails from the Macharnudo Alta district, rated the best in all of Jerez for the quality of its albariza (chalk) vineyards. As an aside, the increasingly tough to find connossieur favorite, Equipo Navazos Fino, is sourced from Valdespino, proof of the terrific quality of their soleras. The quality of this wine for the price is simply incredible, and it should drink well for many, many years to be sure. Jancis Robinson writes: "Intense, for purists. Bone dry and tangy but for A-level students of Sherry..." (10/09)