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a bottle of fino inocente, valdespino
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Fino Inocente, Valdespino

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Sherry is a world class wine, often criminally underrated, and it needs to be thought of as a wine first and foremost, only incidentally should it be saddled with the 'fortified' tag.  Bear in mind that the Fino and Manzanilla wines are only 15%!  One of the leading lights in Jerez is the venerable bodega of Valdespino, ably run by the estimable Eduardo Ojeda.  Their range of high quality wines is staggering, from delicate, salty Manzanilla to unctuous PX and Moscatel.

Having moved in relatively recent times to the new bodega site on the outskirts of town, Valdespino has left its historic Calle Ponce bodega behind, but the name and the priceless inheritance of soleras, barrels and tradition lives on in the name of the Palo Cortado, and the continuity offered by Eduardo Ojeda's involvement.  He is indeed a walking encyclopedia of sherry, one of the pillars of the trade.

Part of the strength of Valdespino is in their top-rated Macharnudo vineyards and the grapes that come from its dazzlingly white, chalky and water retaining albariza soil.  They have at their disposal over 400 hectares of Palomino vines.  It forms the basis of the justifiably famous Macharnudo-derived solera that yields not only the biologically-aged Inocente Fino, but also the flor-aged and partially oxidatively-aged Tio Diego Amontillado, CP Palo Cortado and the legendary Cardenal Palo Cortado, whose origins date back to the C19th.

A classic wine.  No other fino has derived from longer flor ageing (8 years).  Tangy and memorable.  Derived from the Macharnudo vineyard and fermented in oak.

Type: Spirits
Variety: Sherry
Producer: Valdespino
When to Drink: Wines to Drink Now
Bottle Size: 75cl
Bin Number: 1289

Pale straw colour with delicate aromas and a light dry almond palate. Chill it well and enjoy with tapas or mild cheese.

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