Valdespino Fino Inocente, Jerez, Spain
Fino Inocente is quite a unique Fino, for different reasons. Bodegas Valdespino is one of the oldest bodegas in the area, and they stick to traditional methods. The Inocente name was trademarked in 1894 but it had been in use much longer. Originally it was the name of a specific vineyard in the pago Macharnudo.
First of all, Inocente is of one only Fino wines still to be fermented in wooden casks, 600-liter American oak butts. Moreover Valdespino is using indigenous yeasts, whereas since the 1970’s all other bodegas have been using stainless steel fermentation tanks and many of them switched to cultured yeasts.
At the moment of bottling, Inocente is a wine of about ten years old, which is taken out of the solera system twice a year (sacas in Spring and Autumn). Mind that Inocente is not entirely drawn from the oldest row of barrels: it is a mix of the solera row and the previous criadera, in order to achieve the same profile regardless of the season.
Pairing: Marcona Almonds, tinned fish, dates, croquettes, salty snacks