La Choza, Macharnudo, Callejuela
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La Choza, Macharnudo, Callejuela - 2021

Item # 37936 750mL

A wine from Jerez has to be fortified in the style of Sherry if it is indeed to be labeled that it's from Jerez. This bottle of Palomino Fino is not fortified yet does come from the Sherry region yet is vinified as a still white wine. It shares characteristics of the region that one can only attribute to the chalky Albariza soils and the terroir that is inescapable. Smoky, dry and full of roasted nut aromas on the palate. Vinous and in a league of its own. A must try for those seeking a thinking wine. Made from the Callejuela winery who until 2005 sold their grapes to local sherry houses. Marcharnudo is considered the greater "Grand Cru" vineyard of Jerez with the highest elevation and chalk and limestone soils. La Choza is a reference to a parcel within the Macharnudo. This wine is aged under flor too so you'll find many similar yet different characteristics when compared to the fortified bottles of the region.

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It's not often you get to taste the future. But behold, an unfortified wine from sherry country! For centuries Jerez has been synonymous with sherry, but change is afoot. This may be the first of its kind to grace our shelves, but will likely not be the last. If this is any hint of what's to come, I for one, welcome the development. Sherry lovers won't be disappointed if this fine example from the Blanco brothers, is any indication. It's made from the same grapes used in sherry, Palomino Fino, but are picked later than anywhere else, then fermented and aged 7 months in Manzanilla barrels. A fine layer of flor develops, lending the wine a yeastiness not unlike aged Champagne. The riper fruit brings a lucsious weightiness and pear notes, but the Chalky Albariza soils shines through bringing savory, minerality and seashells.




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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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.


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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