Bodegas Valdespino (375 ml) 'Inocente' Fino Sherry, Jerez DO
Item Number: 6286
Sub Region: Jerez
Appellation/AVA: Jerez DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Macharnudo
Grape(s): 100% Palomino
Type: Wine - Fortified
Bottle Size: 375 ml
Closure: Screw Cap
Alc by Vol(%): 15
Residual Sugar(g/L): <1 g/L
Total Acidity: 3.5 g/L
Soil Type: Albariza, white color, clay texture and high in calcium carbonate
Vineyard Notes: Inocente Fino comes from Valdespino's estate Macharnudo Alto vineyard. The vines are 50 years old.
Type of Aging: Biological (under flor)
Number of Levels: 10 Criaderas and 1 Solera
Batches per Year: 2 (Autumn and Spring bottlings)
Average Age: 10 years old
Winemaking Notes: The wine ferments naturally in very old oak barrels. It remains in a sobretabla for 1 year fermenting to about 12% alcohol and forming the flor. Then, the wine is moved off its lees, fortified to 15%, and introduced to the first criadera (first level of the Inocente solera). The wine undergoes biological aging under a veil of flor (yeast) for 8 years. The Inocente solera has an average age of 10 years where as most fino sherries on the market have only 3 years of aging.
Tasting Notes: The Valdespino Inocente Fino is delicate and extremely complex. On the palate, the wine is both round with structure/volume and bright/fresh with salinity. It has a long and persistent mineral finish. Serve this chilled in a white wine glass as an aperitif or with seafood (shrimp, oysters, clams, grilled fish), smoked salmon, and Japanese cuisine. It is an ideal match for seafood because of its salinity and acidity. This is a sherry that can age in your cellar, only gaining in complexity and intensity over the years.
Valdespino 'Inocente' Fino featured in the New York Times.