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Valdespino Jerez-Xeres-Sherry Fino Inocente

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Valdespino Jerez-Xeres-Sherry Fino Inocente

375ML Half Bottle      
Sku: 045296

Aged longer than your typical Fino, Valdespino Fino Inocente remains under the flor (the yeast that grows naturally on the wines, protecting the wine from the atmosphere) for 8 years. (Typically time under flor is 3 years. Flor itself can be kept alive for 8-10 years.) Grapes for this Fino hail from the Macharnudo Vineyard, having one of the highest altitudes in Jerez.

Rating
 Wine Spectator 92 points (Jul 31 2013)
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.

Wine maker notes
Nose: a very wide and rich nose for a relatively large-scale Fino, with a little more oak as well. It shows all the qualities of pure Albariza soils: mineral notes of warm chalk and ocean breeze. Dried hay. Light toast. Salted almonds. Some farmy hints and balanced notes of flor – you can easily imagine a damp cellar. It’s nice to see there are a few fruity hints as well, especially when the wine gets a little warmer. Even soft touches of vanilla. High complexity.

Mouth: full-bodied yet elegant. Mineral, zingy and quite briny. Again slightly more oak than in other Finos. Some fruitiness but a very dry one, with low acidity. Apples and grapefruit. Lemon peel. Quite zesty, maybe a tad more bitter than a standard Fino. Growing saltiness. Hints of green olives and ever more herbal notes. Very long finish, with a nice balance of saltiness and bitterness and increasing Amontillado notes (nuts and the faintest hints of caramel).


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The origins of this historic bodega date back to 1264 when Don Alfonso Valdespino was one of 24 Knights responsible for expelling the Moors from Jerez. As a reward for his efforts the king gave him land grants in the city of Jerez and thus began Bodegas Valdespino.

The heart of Valdespino is its vineyards. They are the only sherry house to make single vineyard wines. The vineyard, Macharnudo, is one of the “grand crus” of Jerez, located at the highest altitude and on pure Albariza soils (bright white chalk). The single vineyard wines are not only DO Jerez, but are also DO Pagos (vineyards that are an appellation onto themselves) – the only vineyard in Jerez to be a member of this elite status.

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