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Manzanilla Sanlucar de Barramenda DO "La Gitana", Bodegas Hidalgo-La Gitana NV 500ml


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From Palomino grown in the chalky albariza soils of Balbaina and Miraflores. Fortification is gentle, just to raise it to 15% alcohol. Often regarded by experts as the greatest fino, La Gitana is delicate but has good body and deep, complex flavors with a distinctive nuttiness. The layers of flavors, no doubt, resulting from the estate's extensive vineyards with vines reaching 80 years-old.

"La Gitana, easily identifiable by the demure gypsy girl (gitana) gracing the label, is one of the most iconic of Manzanilla Sherries. From a bodega that has been a force in Sherry for two centuries, the wine is made from Palomino grapes grown in the chalky soils of Jerez. Gitana is lightly fortified to 15 percent alcohol, and its barrel aging in the seaside town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda imparts a bright salinity." 91/100 Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines 2013 (#32)

"Bright, with saline, sunchoke and blanched almond notes backed by a piercing, chalk-framed finish. This is all precision and cut." 91/100 Wine Spectator Daily Wine Pick Oct. 18, 2013


"Subtle, delicate nose suggests fresh bread and almonds. Very rich, almost painfully intense wine of pungent freshness and great subtlety; has an ineffable yeasty quality. Incredibly long aftertaste features a hint of almond skin, an intense fruitiness and the tang of the sea. Perhaps the perfect aperitif. On numerous occasions, I’ve seen dry sherry neophytes recoil in shock at their first sip, yet come back minutes later for a second and third glass. One of the world’s great values." 97/100 Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar August 1996

"Colour: bright straw, greenish rim. Nose: neat, flor yeasts, saline, white flowers, burnt matches. Palate: fresh, good acidity, fine bitter notes, fine solera notes." 92/100 Penin Guide 2009