Valdespino Fino Dry Sherry, "Inocente"

Valdespino Fino Dry Sherry, "Inocente"

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Valdespino is one of the most famous sherry producers in the world, steeped in history and rooted in tradition. With an unwavering commitment to the demands and expense of traditional Jerez winemaking—and the revered Eduardo Ojeda as its winemaker—Valdespino produces some of the region's purest and most intense Sherries, from some of its oldest soleras. The other key to the greatness of Valdespino is its extraordinary belief in terroir, and its willingness to spare no expense in expressing it.

The Macharnudo vineyard produces Jerez’s most majestic Fino. While other Finos are fermented in tank, Inocente is fermented in barrel with indigenous yeast. It then passes through its solera’s ten stages or criaderas (as opposed to the 2-3 criaderas employed for most other finos). The wine at bottling has an average age around 10 years—doubling or tripling the aging of most other Finos. Throughout the extended aging, a cap of yeast (“flor”) both protects the nascent Inocente from oxygen, and it slowly sharpens and refines the wine. It is the archetype for traditional Fino sherry; in other words, it’s a wine as unmarked by oxidation as it is marked by flor. And it defies conventional wisdom in its ability to age for decades in bottle, developing further nuances.

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