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Monday
Aug132012

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: Let's Talk Sherry

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Spanish and Portuguese Wine Buyer

Let's talk sherry. We just received in the "en rama" (literally this means straight out of the barrel) version of Gonzalez Byass Tio Pepe Fino.  While this was not bottled literally straight out of the barrel, it was bottled with the barest minimum of filtration very recently, in May.  What this means is that the color is not a pale straw, but rather a more golden hue; the salty, yeasty tang of the sherry is all the more visceral; and finally, the sensation that one is tasting at the source (for fino and manzanilla sherry, this is a good thing!) all the more apparent.  In short, if you want as real and authentic a substitute for visiting a bodega in Jerez or Sanlucar, en rama bottlings are the way to go. 

In addition to this spectacular new en rama fino, I'd also like to remind you about our en rama manzanilla from Equipo Navazos, bottled in April.  While it's not quite last call on this, we have gone through more than half of our original purchase.  So if you like what you've tasted, it may be time to consider your needs and buy accordingly; this won't be around much longer.

Last and by no means least, we have a very pretty bottling of fino from Cesar Florido, the only bodega I know bottling and selling sherry in the seaside town of Chipiona (just south of Sanlucar).  While I have not measured out the steps, Cesar's bodega might well be the closest to the Atlantic of any I've been to.  As a result, there is a delicacy to this young (3 years old) fino solera which makes the resulting wine quite delicious.  While it doesn't have the sheer richness of an El Maestro Sierra or the all out flavor intensity of our en rama bottlings, it is very fun to drink, and a unique reflection of the flor specific to this area.

Tio Pepe (Gonzalez Byass) Fino en Rama - $21.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1109455

 

Equipo Navazos Manzanilla "I Think" Saca de Abril 2012 (375ml) - $14.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1089369

 

Cesar Florido Fino (375ml) - $12.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1108977

 

Un saludo,

Joe

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Joe Manekin

Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer

K&L Wine Merchants

Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748

joemanekin@klwines.com

Thursday
Jun282012

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: 

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Spanish & Portugues Wine Buyer

Good afternoon, everyone,

Things are heating up in the Sherry section with a new exclusive Equipo Navazos Manzanilla bottling! (you won't find it anywhere else around these parts).  Also a few tasting events here in Redwood City to look forward to, tonight and tomorrow night.

1.)  Equipo Navazos Manzanilla "I Think" en Rama (375ml) - $14.99

This is connoisseur sherry, plain and simple.  Bottled just a few months ago, without filtration, it is manzanilla at its purest and most expressive.  Get some before we here buy it all http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1089369

2.) Passport to Vinho Verde tasting TONIGHT in Redwood City (5-6:30pm) We're pouring a focused selection of 3 distinctive vinho verdes.  Perfect weather for some vinho verde tonight....http://www.facebook.com/events/468376553175438/

3.) Vibrant Rioja tasting tomorrow in Redwood City (5-6:30pm) We will be focusing on a few DI's (yes I've hyped these wines quite a bit in the past few weeks; taste them and you will understand why) as well as continuing to explore the concept of single village Rioja wines. Also, since Riojanos love chorizo and the Palacios chorizo factory is located in Rioja (Logroño, to be exact) I will be bringing in some Palacios chorizo. $5 to taste. http://www.facebook.com/events/340476179359934/

Un saludo,

-Joe

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Joe Manekin

Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer

K&L Wine Merchants

Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748

joemanekin@klwines.com

Monday
Apr232012

On the Sherry Side of the Street: Bodegas Hidalgo - La Gitana

By: Chiara Shannon | Head Sommelier - K&L Personal Sommelier Service

 

A small but dedicated crowd attended last week's Sherry tasting in the Redwood City store. Together we explored a sampling of Sherries produced by the "king" of Sherry: Javier Hidalgo. Bodegas Hidalgo - La Gitana is one of the oldest producers in the Sherry district of Jerez (in production since 1792) as well as one of the few bodegas that remains 100% family-owned and managed, under a 6th generation direct descendant of the founder.

It didn't take long for any prejudices folks might have brought to the bar ("Aren't all Sherries sweet?", "Isn't Sherry more of a winter drink, like Port?") to evaporate once we kicked things off with the crisp salty tang of the La Gitana Manzanilla Sanlucar de Barrameda ($13.99), a classic bone dry Fino and one of world's most refreshing aperitifs. As we made our way up the age and complexity scale, progressing through nutty Amontillo, and perfumed Oloroso to end with a rich and smokey Palo Cortado VORS (Very Old Rare Sherry), it became clear that these Sherries represent some of the best values in wine money can buy, bar none.

Indeed, life's pretty good on the Sherry side of the street.

Here is what we tasted along with some of my impressions. You can shop and learn more about these Sherries by clicking the links below:

Hidalgo La Gitana Manzanilla Sanlucar de Barrameda (500ml) ($13.99)

Saline, nutty aromas and flavors with accents of savory herbs (celery salt). The palate is clean and fresh, with tangy acidity and floral/hay accents to nutty flavors. Pure, focused, refreshing, and long on the finish with salty aftertaste.  Try with: Marcona almonds, fresh seafood, Manchego cheese.


Hidalgo Pastrana Manzanilla Pasada Sanlucar de Barrameda ($26.99)

A single-vineyard Manzanilla, with extended ageing (twice as old as the regular La Gitana Manzanilla Fino) for a richer, fuller, more "old-fashioned" but still bone dry style. This has pronounced nutty and leesey aromas and flavors, a rich, creamy mouthfeel, full body matched by vibrant acidity, and subtle hints of honeyed wood spices on the finish.  A serious Manzanilla with a lot of substance. Enjoy with salted and/or smoked nuts, cured pork, savory dumplings, fried calamari.


Hidalgo "Napoleon" Amontillado Sanlucar de Barrameda (500ml) ($17.99)

Here we start to see a little sweetness introduced, but only in the aromas, with more complex caramel/toffee/toasted nut aromas followed by delicate sweet cream and candied notes on the palate. This smells sweeter than it is however, as high acidity provides intensity and focus, and cleanses the palate for a dry finish. Try a classic Amontillado like this with lobster bisque and you're in for a real treat.  This was named for--you guessed it -- Napoleon Bonaparte.


Hidalgo Oloroso "Faraon" Sanlucar de Barrameda (500ml) $18.99

Aromas of salted caramel and yeasty flor present, followed by smokey and mineral undertones. Oloroso is a more oxidized version of Amontillado, and in this Sherry the extra oxidation brings in layers of added complexity. More savory flavors counter to the slightly sweeter nut and honey profile for a Sherry that has a lot of that "umami" thing going on. Try it with sushi.  


Hidalgo Wellington Palo Cortado VORS (500ml) $79.99

Named for the Duke of Wellington, this is the sweetest in the lineup, but it is as racy and fresh as it is sweet. It offers a rich and complex nose of sweet baking dough, raisin, and cinnamon, salted caramel, and toasted nuts. It's intense, rich, and mouthfilling, with a distinctive smokiness to its profile. The layers of depth to this wine seems to go on and on. VORS stands for Very Old Rare Sherry, a designation that requires a minimum of average 30 years in age, but this Sherry comes from Hidalgo's original solera (late 1800s) and thus is much, much older than that. A fascinating wine to contemplate, and surely one to convert you to the Sherry side of things...if you haven't crossed over already.

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