Valdespino "Inocente" Fino Jerez

SKU #1123967 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 As with many other wines from the José Estévez group, there is a special bottling of Valdespino's flagship NV Fino Inocente in magnum, but in this case they have kept the bottles for six months as the wine is from the saca otoño 2016, the autumn bottling from 2016. So the wine is offered with some extra bottle age. It has all that you expect from Inocente, a long aging wine fermented in bota from grapes grown exclusively in the Macharnudo Alto vineyard and bottled with an average age of ten years. All the textbook aromas and flavors are there, coupled with the elegance and mineral intensity the Macharnudo white chalky soils provide. Customers who purchase one of this scarce magnums probably know Inocente already. This will have a longer development in bottle. (LG)  (12/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator

 High-pitched, featuring talc, chamomile, chalk and jicama notes, followed by a pure, stone-tinged finish. Very graceful, lacy and long. Drink now. 2,500 cases made. (Web-2013)

K&L Notes

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 vineyard, rated the best in all of Jerez for the quality of its albariza (chalk) vineyards. As an aside, 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 years to be sure. Now available in a full size bottle! Cheers to that! (Joe Manekin, K&L Sherry Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/10/2015 | Send Email
This Fino is on the level with the best stuff in the world, and doesn't get nearly the credit it deserves. How do the folks at Valdespino get so much nutty, layered complexity into a wine that is so smashable, refreshing and moreish? I have no clue, but at this price I am afraid I might drink too much of it. Be careful, the flor ate all of the signals that the wine is strong, leaving nothing but easy to drink deliciousness behind. You have been warned!

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Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Sub-Region:

Sherry

Alcohol Content (%): 15