Alexander Jules Manzanilla 17/71
May 2013 bottling, 1,100 bottles produced, 750ml, US & Japan only
A lovely Manzanilla, which we've bottled essentially En Rama. Intense Manzanilla flor, floral, pungent and even a little gardenia on the nose. Very intricate, and subtly floral in the mouth, with a salty and citric finish.
Selected from 17 barrels of the well known 71 barrel San León solera from Bodegas Argüeso in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, this was a beautiful solera to taste through.
The solera is as old as the bodega itself, being created in 1822.
It pairs wonderfully with cured hams and meats, Japanese food (sushi and sashimi in particular), shellfish, more delicate flakey fish,
and especially fried fish. A unique strength of Manzanillas and Finos are their ability to pair well with salads dressed with vinegar.
Wines aged strictly biologically change significantly over time once bottled. Recently bottled wines will show more vibrancy, though over a period of years will develop a deeper richness and complexity. We estimate this wine will age well from 5 to 10 years in bottle, though when it is at its best, we leave up to you to decide. Though contrary to historic practice with Sherry (to consume as quickly as possible after bottling), we encourage you to explore this wine at the various stages of its life.
Alcohol Content: 15%
Total Acidity: 4.5g/L
Volatile Acidity: Below .4
Grape Variety: Palomino Fino
Filtration: 1 micron
Tasting through San Leon's 71 barrels to make the selection