Callejuela, Manzanilla Sherry
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Callejuela, Manzanilla Sherry

Item # 39318 750mL

José “Pepe” Blanco and his brother Francisco “Paco” Blanco started the Callejuela winery with their father and “dos botas viejas” in 1980 within the family home where their offices still remain. This Manzanilla spends 3 years in solera and shows classic almond and saline notes.

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There are 3 cities that trace the Sherry Triangle where this fortified wine comes from: Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, and El Puerto de Santa María. Sanlúcar bears special examination, where the humid seaside air and mild climate are well-suited to the "flor" yeast that gives Sherry its distinctive character, protecting it from oxidation and imparting flavor. The wines here are given the special designation of Manzanilla (meaning chamomile), and are known as the most delicate of Finos, bright and fresh with notes of almond, saline, and (of course) dried chamomile flowers. The Callejuela wines are among the best in the triangle, 2 brothers who work all of their vineyards rather than buying from bulk farmers. Its lightness makes it wonderful on its own, but Sherry is also the best pairing for tapas, or salty foods.

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Glossary

Spain

Central to the Spanish winemaking philosophy is the belief that wine should be released only when it is ready to be consumed, and not a moment before. Spanish wine law focuses squarely on this issue: the terms Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are highly regulated indicators of the amount of time a wine has aged prior to its release. In Rioja, Navarra, and the Ribera del Duero (which have the most stringent requirements) red Crianzas must be aged a minimum of two years; Reservas, at least three...

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Jerez

Sherry actually gets its name from our anglo-inability to pronounce the word “Jerez,” the town at the southern end of Spain in which the wine is produced. Like Champagne, Sherry can only be called Sherry if it comes from this specific region. That said, there are other “Sherry-styled” wines worthy of note produced outside of the Sherry D.O. (known as vinos generosos). Montilla, lying to the north-east of Jerez, produces some of the finest Pedro Ximénez in the world.

Manzanilla-Sanlúcar de Barrameda

Manzanilla refers to a Fino Sherry that comes from the seaside town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. The proximity of the sea causes the flor to grow even thicker here, resulting in a very dry Sherry that has a distinctive briny, almost saline note. Manzanilla Sherry is light and refreshing - it spends an average of only three to five years in the solera. It should absolutely be consumed while young, within at most a year after its release. It works fantastically as an aperitif, as it pairs...

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Palomino

Accounting for over 90% of the vine plantings in Jerez, this relatively neutral grape provides the ideal “blank canvas” for the creation of fabulously complex Sherries (much like the Ugni Blanc grape does in Cognac).


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