Valdespino Fino Inocente Jerez
|Bottle sizes:||375 ML, 750 ML, 1.5 L|
|Varietal notes:||Palomino Fino|
|Vineyard:||The grapes come from Macharnudo Alto and vines in excess of 25 years old|
|Orientation:||The vineyard faces south east with an inclination of 10 degrees and at an altitude of 135 meters high.|
|Soil:||Albariza or a white chalky soil. When wet it sheds water to deeper soils and as it dries it "clods" creating a protective layer that slows the evaporation of water from below.|
|Viticulture:||The vines are bush pruned in the traditional method.|
|Vinification:||The wine is fermented naturally in very old oak barrels. They remain in this "sobretabla" for 1 year fermenting to about 12% alcohol and forming the flor. The wine is then removed from the lees and fortified to 15% and introduced to the first "criadera" or level of the Inocente solera.|
|Aging:||The wine undergoes biological aging under the veil of flor for over 10 years. There are 10 criaderas + the Solera whereas most Finos on the market only have 3 years aging.|
|Production:||There are two "sacas" or bottling from the solera a year - Spring and Autumn.|
|Tasting:||Yellow straw-colored, medium intensity. Pungent, delicate and complex with almond notes and autolysis. Soft entry on the palate with a round smooth feel and structure; lots of volume and character as well as a fresh and saline taste.|
The NV Fino Inocente must be one of the few wines in Jerez that is still fermented in 600-liter American oak botas, which is an incredible amount of work compared with fermenting tens of thousands of kilos of grapes (or even more) in a big stainless steel tank. This method was the norm of yesteryear, but is so labor intense that it was discontinued in most wineries, and gives a big diversity of wines, as each barrel has its own character, which contributes to the complexity of the blend. Furthermore, the bottled wine is on average 8 to 10 years old. One other thing that makes it apart from other Finos is that the grapes are exclusively from the high part of the Macharnudo vineyard, so this is a single-vineyard Fino. The nose is very complex, showing the effect of the long lees contact: chalk, dried hay, aromatic herbs and salty almonds. The palate is full, but at the same time elegant and balanced, powerful and fine, with the texture of a Meursault rather than a Puligny. A very complex wine, that manages to be both powerful and elegant. Inocente is great value for money. Drink 2013-2016.
High-pitched, featuring talc, chamomile, chalk and jicama notes, followed by a pure, stone-tinged finish. Very graceful, lacy and long. Drink now. - J.M.