Hidalgo La Gitana Manzanilla Sanlucar de Barrameda (500ml)
Wine & Spirits
Consistently one of the finest traditional manzanillas you'll ever taste, La Gitana might as well be the Webster's entry for the category: pale straw color, salty seaside freshness and a dry, tangy, yet rich flavor. And that flavor lingers after each sip, too, like sea spray.
Dry and refreshing, with apple, straw and nutty flavors all underscored by a salty tanginess. Lightweight and balanced, this is very appealing. Break out the almonds and olives. Drink now.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Among the single solera sherries, the pale-colored dry, salty La Gitana Manzanilla is a terrific aperitif.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
The benchmark among fino-style Sherries is La Gitana. Simply put, it's a classic. Pour yourself a copita of this beauty and sip it while munching some olives, peanuts or pistachios. Shazzam! You're transported to a whitewashed village in Andalusia. Aromas of mushroom and yeast are just as they should be. And deep within are subtle flavors of marzipan and citrus. The long, salty, bone-dry finish cleanses the palate and primes your appetite for better things to come.
One of the classic bottlings of Manzanilla, this delicious wine is simultaneously saline, almondy, and expressive of delicious yellow skinned fruits. It is at it's best when enjoyed well chilled prior to a meal with jamon de bellota, olives and other snacks, or even into a tapas based meal including such staples as fried fish, gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp), tortilla espaņola, and many others. Delicious stuff. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)