Hidalgo Amontillado "Napoleon" Sherry
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Hidalgo Amontillado "Napoleon" Sherry

Item # 57694 500mL
$17.99/ Single Bottle
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$215.88 $194.29/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

A genuine dry Amontillado. This light caramel-colored sherry has nutty coffee notes and a distinctly briny appeal for true sherry lovers. Serve slightly chilled as an apéritif or with chicken, rabbit and of course salty tapas.


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Staff Pick Notes

The road to finding the perfect wine/cheese combo can be dark and full of terrors. And I think it's because you forgot to consider sherry! Although best known for their Manzanilla bottlings, Bodegas Hidalgo also offers this great value dry Amontillado.The Napoloeon La Gitana began as a delicate, briny Manzanilla, making the finished product quite soft. It gains nut-laden, more complex notes from oxidative aging, Oloroso style. Amontillado is known to coalesce with mushrooms, asparagus, and game birds. However, I favor this subtle expression of the style while I nibble on some cheese. Aged northern Italian like Parm or Grana Padano, nutty, sweet Alpines like Comte or Gruyere, crystalline Vermont clothbund cheddar, raw goat, young and firm, and ESPECIALLY aged Manchego are ALL wonderful with this sherry. Hop to it!

- TGZ

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