94+/100 Punkte Robert Parker Dec 2017 As with many other wines from the José Estévez group, there is a special bottling of Valdespino's flagship NV Fino Inocente in magnum, but in this case they have kept the bottles for six months as the wine is from the saca otoño 2016, the autumn bottling from 2016. So the wine is offered with some extra bottle age. It has all that you expect from Inocente, a long aging wine fermented in bota from grapes grown exclusively in the Macharnudo Alto vineyard and bottled with an average age of ten years. All the textbook aromas and flavors are there, coupled with the elegance and mineral intensity the Macharnudo white chalky soils provide. Customers who purchase one of this scarce magnums probably know Inocente already. This will have a longer development in bottle. Only 600 magnums were filled in the autumn of 2016.
91/100 Punkte Wine Spectator Oct 31, 2013 Peach pit and nectarine skin notes course along, pushed by sea salt, singed orange rind and walnut accents. Shows lots of tangy nerve through the finish. Very refreshing, with excellent cut. Drink now.
94/100 Punkte Falstaff okt-nov 2014 Mittleres Mahagoni, grüngelbe Reflexe. Zart nussig unterlegte Holzwürze, zart nach Kräutern und kandierten Orangen, etwas Nougat. Der Wein ist saftig, verfügt über eine samtige Textur, gut eingebundene Süsse und finessenreiche Säure. Gross im Ausdruck.
91/100 Punkte Wines Spectator Oct 31, 2013 Anise, date, orange bitters and toffee notes are nicely melded together, with a slightly sweet edge that carries the fruitcake- and Christmas pudding-framed finish. Drink now.
96/100 Wine Spectator, December 2018 Gorgeous, with warm plum reduction and gently steeped raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry fruit flavors forming the core, all inlaid with warm ganache and smoldering tobacco accents. Very plush in feel, but has no lack of energy, as everything sails beautifully through the long finish. A late echo of anise completes the seduction. Best from 2035 through 2055.
96/100 Punkte James Suckling May 2018 Very complex with dried flowers and roses. Full-bodied, very layered and tightly wound. Chewy and powerful. Firm and off-dry. Needs five or six years to soften. Beauty. Try in 2024.