This wine comes from Hidalgo’s famous El Cuadrado pago, which is the highest part of Balbaina Alta. It’s a really great example of the now popular en rama (raw) sherries bottled straight from the cask with minimal filtration and no fining. The advice is to drink now, but don’t be worried if this hangs around in bottle for a year or two, in my experience.
Hidalgo Manzanilla La Gitana En Rama (Spring 2022 release)
15% alcohol. Full yellow/gold in colour, this has a wonderfully complex nose with almonds, spice, ripe apple, honey and lemon, as well as some old wood notes. The palate has rich, spicy bass notes with some attractive cherry and lime brightness, and a thrilling salty, tangy flor-inspired complexity, as well as a hint of raisin and wood spice. Such a complex, multi-layered wine with an endless finish. 94/100
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