Hidalgo Pastrana Manzanilla Pasada Sanlucar de Barrameda
*Editors' Choice* The people at Hidalgo in Sanlúcar have taken dry Manzanilla and have let it age until it has turned golden and mature. The bouquet is full of exotic oils, nuts and some horsehide. In the mouth, it’s a touch salty and astringent, but there are buttery, sweet undertones and great focus. And on the back end the pure flavor of mushroom and almonds is uncanny. Sleek, acidic and likely perfect with lobster or shrimp bisque.
Fine, complex and long, this is fresh, balanced and very vinous. It's also very fruity, with apple, pear and olive flavors that pick up a saltiness on the finish. Well done.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Pastrana Manzanilla Pasada is a single vineyard sherry with an intense nuttiness and a long dry finish.
The finest lots of Manzanilla from Hidalgo's best vineyard, the Pastrana, are set aside for extra ageing to make this Pasada. This wine has an average age of 10 years, twice as old as most Manzanilla soleras. The result is a wine with all of the briny freshness of this special terroir in Sanlucar de Barrameda, but with an added weight and richness which truly makes this one of the finest dry sherries money can buy. It's a real stunner and highly recommended. (Joe Manekin, K&L Sherry Buyer)