As part of my wine education I have purchased all the major types of Sherry to try. It started out with an Amontillado, then I tried Fino and Oloroso. Now it’s time for a Manzanilla. This is a dry, fortified white wine that is aged under Flor and is served chilled.
This particular bottling is very pale lemon in the glass and has a nose of green almonds, yeast, baked bread, sea spray and citrus rind. The palate is quite dry and bitter. The Flor gives these wines a definitive bread component, yeast and all. The characteristic flavors of lemon in whites is somewhat muted by the saline and baking notes. I’m starting to get my head around what a dry sherry is supposed to taste like- certainly not like a sweet Cream Sherry. It has a nuttiness and it begs for food. Tapas, cold appetizers and certainly olives are fit for the role. I can’t even score something I am completely unfamiliar with but I’m enjoying the experience of expanding my palate and slowly getting accustomed to this unique flavor profile. $17 gets you an intro to a unique taste that the pro’s gave 90 points. Salut….