#37 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2018
The standard of type and leader both in Spain and abroad. Manzanilla is the rarest of all authentic sherries, being uniquely site-specific in origin. Matured beneath a constant veil of yeast (called flor) as only occurs in beachfront and protected cliffside bodegas of sanlucar, giving Manzanilla a dry, haunting delicacy analogous to fine Champagne.
Bodegas Hidalgo la Gitana was founded in 1792 and since then the company has passed from father to son. Today is one of the few wine companies owned and controlled by the family and run by the eight generation in direct line of the founder. It has held a preeminent position in Sanlúcar since the 19th Century. The house manages 200 hectares of vines, all farmed organically. Most of them are located in the Pagos of Miraflores and Balbaina. The ?agship wine, Manzanilla ‘La Gitana’ (The Gypsy Woman) is named after a famous Flamenco performed known for her beauty. The wines have received numerous awards, both nationally and internationally.
“Great wines start at the vine, we take care of the vineyard the same way my father and grandfather taught us and passed generations taught them, respecting nature and letting take its course, that is reflected in the uniqueness and elegance of our wines” Fermin Hidalgo
The wines have been created between Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana wine making team and the legendary winemaker Basilio Izquierdo with over 120 years of combined experience they have been able to achieve top accolades. The winery in Rioja is located in the town of La Guardia in Rioja Alta and the Atlantic influence is noticeable in the minerality and elegance of the wines. The soil is calcareous mixed with clay. The oldest vines are 100 years old and the young ones 40 years. The highest quality of French and American oak is used during the aging process. The wines from Ribera del Duero come from the Valladolid All the wine making process is meticulous overseeing from the vine to the bottle.
Known more formally as Jerez de la Frontera, Jerez is a city in Andalucía in southwest Spain and the center of the Jerez region and sherry production. Sherry is a mere English corruption of the term Jerez, while in French, Jerez is written, Xérès. Manzanilla is the freshest style of sherry, naturally derived from the seaside town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda.
Sherry is a fortified wine that comes in many styles from dry to sweet. True Sherry can only be made in Andalucía, Spain where the soil and unique seasonal changes give a particular character to its wines. The process of production—not really the grape—determine the type, though certain types are reserved for certain grapes. Palomino is responsible for most dry styles; Pedro Ximénez and Muscat of Alexandria are used for blending or for sweet styles.