Notes from The Rare Wine Co.:
"With its source the great Macharnudo vineyard, Valdespino’s Inocente is arguably Jerez’s most iconic Fino. The wine’s intensity defies description. While other Finos are fermented in tank, Inocente is—like the great Finos of the past—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, or "flor," protects the nascent Inocente from oxygen, while slowly sharpening and refining the wine. It is the archetype for traditional Fino sherry; in other words, it’s 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.
As American Sherry authority Peter Liem has written, Inocente is “a fino of exceptional complexity, depth and distinction, and it is no exaggeration to say that it is one of the sherry region's greatest wines.”