Grape(s): Palomino, Pedro Ximenez
Localization: Jerez, Spain
Tasting Notes: A rich blend of Faraon Oloroso and sweet Triana Pedro Ximenez matured in a Solera System for a minimum of 8 years to create a rich sweet well-balanced wine. Flattering date, candied ginger, steeped golden raisin, and prune eau-de-vie notes meld together here, carrying through the sweet-edged and slightly heady finish. A hint of walnut hull peeks in at the very end.
The Domain: 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 eighth 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 flagship 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 the 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 meticulously overseeing from the vine to the bottle.