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Valdespino "Inocente" Fino Jerez

SKU #1123967 95 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Inocente is Valdespino’s flagship, a wine from the Macharnudo Alto vineyard, where the soil is pure white albariza. It ferments in 600-liter wooden casks without added yeasts, a practice that has become increasingly rare in Jerez. The intensity of the wine’s salinity is remarkable—iodine and salt—coming together with ripe white fruit, scents of nuts and exotic spices. The structure is dry and austere, like drinking the juice of stones. This will last for a decade in the cellar, but it’s impossible to hold onto a bottle if there’s raw seafood nearby. Inner quote mark (8/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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) 94+ Inner quote mark (12/2017)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Persistent, dried apples, hints of rosemary, salt and cream, following through to a medium body, creamy texture and a flavorful finish. Subtle yet complex aftertaste. Inner quote mark (7/2019)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark High-pitched, featuring talc, chamomile, chalk and jicama notes, followed by a pure, stone-tinged finish. Very graceful, lacy and long. (JM) Inner quote mark (10/2013)

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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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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