Valdespino Fino Inocente JerezBlend from Spain
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- 94+ Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 94 Wine & Spirits
- 93 Decanter
- 92 Wine Spectator
94+ Luis Gutierrez - 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.
94 Wine & Spirits
Inocente is one of the only Fino Sherries (and perhaps the only one) that still follows the tradition of fermentation in wood. The slow exposure to oxygen as it ages in barrels increases the wine’s aromatic complexity, the notes fanning out beyond salt and citrus toward herbs and smoke. It feels tense and firm, driven by electric acidity, ready for tapas, like boquerones or fried baitfish.
A textbook Fino. A single vineyard wine, this is the last remaining Fino to be fermented in oak butts. It is aged for some ten years yet carries its age very lightly. This is superbly complex - think salted Marcona almonds and tangy green olives, with a thrillingly dry character.
92 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.
94+ - Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
94 - Wine & Spirits
93 - Decanter
92 - Wine Spectator
|Varietal(s)||Palomino, Pedro Ximenez|
|Taste||bitter almond, pale lemon, raisin, molasses, dried fruit, coffee, orange peel, vanilla and butterscotch|
|Nose||bitter almond, pale lemon, raisin, molasses, dried fruit, coffee, orange peel, vanilla and butterscotch|