Hidalgo La Gitana Manzanilla Sanlucar de Barrameda (500ml)

SKU #1005496 92 points 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.  (4/2005)

90 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (10/2005)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Among the single solera sherries, the pale-colored dry, salty La Gitana Manzanilla is a terrific aperitif.  (2/2007)

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.  (11/2004)

K&L Notes

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 española, and many others. Delicious stuff. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)

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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/14/2008 | Send Email
Hey you - I'm talkin' to you. You're probably not a sherry drinker. It would not be at all uncommon, since sherry has been woefully out of fashion for years now. What you should know, however, is that some of the best values in the wine world continue to be sherry, and amongst the best of the best is this humble little manzanilla from La Gitana. Salty, appley and with a pleasant finishing note of walnuts, this is an amazing accompaniment to dry-cured hams, cheeses, olives, or any other number of dishes, Spanish or otherwise. If you don't like dry sherry (and yes, there was a time when I didn't) then I recommend you take the approach of repetition: try this manzanilla every so often, perhaps several times a year, until you like it. Force yourself to like it, it's that simple! In all seriousness, you should try this and I do hope that you like it the first time.
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Alcohol Content (%): 15