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Bodegas Valdespino Inocente Fino Sherry


Grape Variety: Sherry

Country: Spain

Region: Andalucia

Bodegas Valdespino “Inocente” Single Vineyard Fino Sherry

Pairs with: Tapas, soups, fish

Good for: An interesting, refined gift for a business colleague. 

Grape: Palomino Fino

I am from: Jerez de la Fontera, Spain

The story: In a region devoted to tradition, there is no more traditional bodega than Sherry’s most historic house, Valdespino.Its earliest records date to the 14th century, but its origins are thought to date back to 1264, when the conquering knight Alonso Valdespino was rewarded with thirty hectares of land, including almost half of Jerez’s greatest vineyard terroir, Macharnudo. It is Macharnudo that makes Valdespino the envy of every other sherry producer, and it is the source of most of its best wines. But it is Valdespino’s unwavering commitment to the demands and expense of traditional Jerez winemaking that makes its Sherries arguably the region’s purest and most intense. So extraordinary is the quality of Valdespino’s Sherries, and so profound their connection to terroir and tradition, that the house has been called “the Romanée-Conti of Jerez” by today’s most influential voice for Spanish wine, Luis Gutiérrez.

Why you’ll love me: 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).