Ever since reading Talia Baiocchi’s book about Sherry, I have made it a point to try every interesting Sherry I come across. A few weeks ago, Brandon and I laid out a spread of olives, Marcona almonds, & Manchego cheese and opened up a bottle of Valdespino Fino Inocente. Innocente is a very interesting Fino as it is fermented in oak instead of the more typical stainless steel fermenting tanks. To me, this adds a depth and complexity that is hard to come by in similar Finos.
Valdespino Fino Inocente pulls you in with smokey and salty aromas. The palate is intense yet refined. Nutty and briny notes come alive as they are intertwined with tangy acidity. So enjoyable and exceptionally complex for the price. This is a benchmark Fino in my book! ($15)