Bodegas Hidalgo-La Gitana - Press Comments

Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain

Bodegas Hidalgo-La Gitana

La Gitana Manzanilla

Awarded – 93 points

Guia de Vinos Gourmets 2018

“A plump core of lemon peel and white peach flavors is flanked by dried chamomile and fleur de sel edges. Very solid.” 90 points

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator
15th June 2017

“This has the grace of the best Manzanillas of Sanlúcar, that agile and refreshing side, the deep notes of salinity. The aromas show some evolution, giving a complexity that brings to mind wild mushrooms and fresh nuts. A serious, complex La Gitana, with the refreshing mineral character that’s closely associated with the brand.” 92 points

Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits – Year’s Best Manzanillas

“My favourite aperitif manzanilla sherry, this is bone dry and really perks up your palate”.

Matthew Jukes, Daily Mail Weekend
20th May 2017

“Fresh with the sea and dried grasses. Not as austere as I remember it, quite full in the mouth with some tart apricot fruit. Still tangy and classically Manzanilla but a little more fruit.” 16.5/20

Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com
20th September 2016

 

La Gitana ‘En Rama’ Manzanilla

Awarded – 95 points

Guia de Vinos Gourmets 2018

“This is a new bottling of their NV La Gitana Manzanilla en Rama marked as Saca de Primavera 2017 on its back label (the spring 2017 bottling). With an average of six years under flor, it has a deep golden color and an intense nose followed by a sharp palate, chiseled by the effect of the yeasts. It’s a selection of the 35 800-liter oak barrels that compose the La Guita solera. They do two bottlings per year, one in spring and another one in autumn. In spring the wines tend to be more aromatic, open and showy. It has the chalky minerality from the albariza soils.” 91 points

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate
29th December 2017

“Very energetic, with a crunchy feel to the mix of dried chamomile and honeysuckle notes, accented by hints of lemon peel, white peach and quinine. The long finish is tightly zipped up. Drink now.” 92 points

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator
15th June 2017

“This new La Gitana has spent eight years of biological aging under the veil of flor and has been bottled with minimal filtration, so that what is in the bottle is close to what was in cask. And everything seems to be in pace in this Manzanilla: mineral acidity, iodine and saline scents, notes of almonds and apricot, the sting texture, the lasting impression of sea breezes. This is a Manzanilla in a Zen balance.” 94 points

Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits – Year’s Best Manzanillas

“Inviting smoky saline nose and a slight smoky reductive character. Super-moreish, darting across the palate with precision and length. Intensity allied to precision gives both tangy flavour and elegance.” 17/20.

Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com
20th September 2016

 

Pasada Pastrana Manzanilla

Awarded – 94 points

Guia de Vinos Gourmets 2018

“Rich and racy, this combines floral chamomile and honeysuckle notes with bracing fleur de sel and lemon pith flavors, all backed by hints of singed almond and wet straw. Shows lovely range and drive. Drink now.” 91 points

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator
15th June 2017

“Sanlúcar de Barrameda Manzanilla Pasada Pastrana is an old style of Manzanilla being resurrected in Jerez. Normally, a Manzanilla will have three years of aging; a pasada continues to rest in the solera as the veil of flor begins to fade. This allows the wine to begin a slow oxidation process, going beyond fruit into more complex aromas. Pastrana, selected from an extremely chalky parcel in the Pago Milaflores, is one of the best examples of this style on the market. The wine ages under its veil of flor for 12 years before bottling en rama (with minimal filtration). It’s surprising that after all this time, it still feels agile, refreshing everything in its path. Its long barrel time shows its depth and strength, notes of almonds mixed with scents of woodland mushrooms and ash. A wine of meditation.” 95 points

Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits – Year’s Best Manzanillas

“I have said this before and I will say it again – this is the best value 20/20 wine I have ever tasted. I only hand out a few 20s each year in my notes and Pasada Pastrana with its pinpoint accurate nose and flavour is a truly celestial star wine. Manzanilla at its apogee – you must taste this epic dry Sherry.”

Matthew Jukes, The Daily Mail
1st December 2016

“Wild-heather honeyed on the nose but fresh, salty and with fresh bitter almond. Full of flavour. Some umami notes on the palate, too. Bone dry and intense and leaves the mouth clean and thirsty for more.” 17/20

Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com
20th September 2016

 

Manzanilla La Gitana Aniversario

“For the very first time, a second 20/20 from this esteemed estate goes on sale in May – La Gitana Anniversario is an 800 bottle production Pasada Pastrana-style wine with an extra three years ageing and it is being released this year to celebrate the 225th anniversary of Bodegas Hidalgo.  It is perfect and you would be well advised to pester you local wine merchant in order to receive and allocation of this ultra-rare wine.”

Matthew Jukes, matthewjukes.com
28th April 2017

“This is a special bottling to celebrate Hidalgo’s 225th anniversary. The NV Manzanilla La Gitana Aniversario, in a large, old-style bottle, was selected from ten botas of 12-year-old Manzanilla, bottled after three years in three 1,000-liter foudres, two 600-liter botas and one 500-liter bota without being refreshed. Even after those 15 years the flor was still alive. It’s very intense in color and on the nose and palate. There are no signs of oxidation and it remains fresh with a texture that has been sharpened throughout the years. It’s dry and very long, with chalky minerality. This is a textbook Manzanilla Pasada.” 93 points

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate
29th December 2017

“Plump at first, with waxy notes amid the core of dried white peach, orange peel and jicama flavors. A citrus-oil hint weaves in on the finish, though this white keeps its dry edge in the end. Drink now.” 91 points

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator
15th June 2017

 

Oloroso Seco Faraón

“Amazing juxtaposition of aromas here. Sweet/sour orange and apricot combined with a more burnished umami quality. Power and richness on the palate and that non-sweet honeyed quality with a tangy finish.” 16.5/20

Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com
20th September 2016

 

Oloroso Faraón (VORS)

“A sweet hint of flan lurks throughout, but this stays bright and dry in feel overall, with a mix of persimmon, quince and date flavors threaded with hazelnut and bitter orange notes. Offers a long and layered finish.” 93 points

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator
31st May 2018

Awarded – 96 points

Guia de Vinos Gourmets 2018

“Angular, pinched and austere on the nose, this aged dry oloroso also gives off scents of pine resin, almonds and dried stone fruits. An almost chewy palate features integrated, not overt acidity, while round, nutty flavors of almond and caramel are complex and delicious.” 93 points

Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast
1st May 2016

 

Amontillado Napoleón (VORS)

Awarded – 96 points

Guia de Vinos Gourmets 2018

“This is another of Hidalgo’s superb 30-year-old Sherries, and this example shows hazelnut, butterscotch and citrus aromas on a lifted, luxe nose. The mouthfeel is just right, with oily weight cut by sharp acidity. Flavors of apricot, orange peel, toffee and almond skins finish long and unwavering.” 93 points

Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast

1st May 2016

 

Palo Cortado Wellington (VOS)

Awarded – 94 points

Guia de Vinos Gourmets 2018

“Nutty and toffeed on the nose, walnuts and dark marmalade. Lightly smoky too. Quite a dark style of palo cortado. So dry and intense it is almost sour on the finish.” 16.5/20

Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com
20th September 2016

Winner of Gold Medal Sherry in DWWA; “seriously intense, concentrated but elegant, with aromas of burnt sugar, citrus peel, ginger, dates, walnuts and molasses. A wine for connoisseurs, this boasts a palate complete with layers of coffee, woodsmoke, caramel, an earthy complexity and a lightning bolt of a finish.”

NA, Decanter World Wine Awards 2016

 

Palo Cortado Wellington (VORS)

“This tawny tinted Palo Cortado will make a Sherry fanatic smile. Aromas of hazelnut, almond liqueur and toffee introduce an oily, creamy palate cut by a beam of blazing acidity. Briny apricot, persimmon and caramel flavors offer a dusting of cocoa in front of a long, classy, nutty finish. This has everything and lacks nothing.” 94 points

Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast

1st May 2016

 

Pedro Ximénez Triana (VORS)

Awarded – 98 points

Guia de Vinos Gourmets 2018

“Nothing besides glorious dried fig and raisin aromas are the greeting on this brown, lusty, sweet Sherry. Given the nose, it’s no surprise that this is syrupy and rich in feel, although fine acidity creates impeccable balance. Flavors of caramel, toffee, salt, raisin and fig finish long, rich and chocolaty.” 95 points

Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast
1st May 2016

 

Las 30 del Cuadrado 2016

“The characterful white 2016 Las 30 del Cuadrado is an unfortified Palomino fermented in old Manzanilla casks, a style that wants to revive the wines from yesteryear, so it has some of the flor notes of a Manzanilla with nuts, esparto grass, hay and straw. The grapes come from the Los Cuadrados lieu-dit from the Pago Balbaína Alta which express the character of the limestone-rich Albariza soils. The palate is dry with pungent flavors that bring back the notes found on the nose, quite intense and persistent.” 90+ points

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate
29th December 2017

 

Oloroso Añada 1986

“Only 100 cases of this vintage-designated oloroso were made, and now it smells mature, nutty and oily. A full, elegant palate shows the right weight and acidic cut, while salty flavors of peanut and caramel finish long, nutty and a touch hot due to 22% abv.” 92 points

Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast
1st May 2016