Bodegas Barón, Manzanilla en Rama "Xixarito"
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Half-Bottle of Bodegas Barón, Manzanilla en Rama "Xixarito"

Item # 43007 375mL
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Tasting Notes

En Rama Sherries are not filtered as heavily as standard commercial Sherries and the method of choice for clarification is fining with egg whites. A less aggressive approach allows the Bodegas Baron to maintain the integrity of this Manzanilla in its more natural state out of barrel and the barrels are especially selected for this style. Yes, it's lively, richer even, and very fresh on the palate.

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Staff Pick Notes

When choosing a biologically aged Sherry, one made "en rama" is a great way to go. With only a light filtration for sub particles, this style is slightly cloudy, and packed with flavor. When I tried this Manzanilla en Rama from Bodegas Barón, I knew I wanted to include it in a Martini. I chose the Four Pillars Off Broadway and used Sherry in place of Vermouth. I love the flavor of this Sherry so I did a somewhat aggressive 50/50 split, though traditionally it would have been 2oz Gin to 1oz Sherry. I say go for the 50/50, you won't be disappointed. The full, rich, and nutty flavor of the Sherry was an excellent accompaniment for the citrus and macadamia notes in this Gin. I paired it with olives, hard salty cheese, and Jamón Serrano. Perfection!

- HW

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