I have not reviewed many fortified wines on Grape Observer, and this would be the first sherry. However, for my sins, I am shortly to be examined in blind and long answer format on the fortified wines of the world, and it makes some sense, I thought then, to drink some.
As a starting point, it is somewhat thought provoking to find that this fortified Manzanilla from Sanlucar de Barrameda (the humid seaside village that produces its own version of Fino) weighs in at 15% abv – no longer an outlandish percentage for table wines. Pale lemon in colour, this sherry has a medium to pronounced intensity aroma of salt, cashew nuts and yeast. On the palate, medium length, medium-high acidity, well integrated spirit and similar salted nut flavours. There is certainly a price to be paid for being unfashionable – that is, very little. Remarkable drinking. 88 points
Tasted: December 2011