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Hidalgo, Manzanilla "La Gitana" Sherry
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Hidalgo, Manzanilla "La Gitana" Sherry

Item # 56972 500mL
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Tasting Notes

Spain's top-selling Manzanilla, Hidalgo's highly aromatic La Gitana has a yeasty nose of apples, lemons and almonds. Crisp and refreshing, with a hint of the Atlantic sea breeze, this flavorful sherry is a terrific apéritif.


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Staff Pick Notes

I am a self proclaimed Sherry Fiend. The complexities and range alone were enough to draw me in. This Manzanilla sherry is a beautiful savory dreamland. Salty sea air mixed with the smell of walking into a kitchen prepping for Thanksgiving dinner. The aroma of toasted nuts, the oils surfacing, perfuming the entire house. Acid high, dry as a bone. I know this may sound strange but this wine is the perfect pair with a tuna crudo. Or if you are like me pair with a slightly soft avocado with a squeeze of lime, jalapeno and salt. Oh, and cornichons.

- HG

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