$18, 5 stars, 91 points, jerez, manzanilla, palomino, sanlucar de barracuda, sherry, spain
Pale yellow/gold in color with a watery sheen in the glass. The nose of this Manzanilla is refreshing- like citrus meets sea breeze and biscuit. There is a slight nuttiness that intermingles with a yeast component after a while in the glass. The palate is dry with medium (+) acidity and a medium (-) body. The citrus is neither lemon, nor lime or grapefruit, but it definitely has a citrus note alongside the nutty, yeasty, biscuit driven flavors that have evolved under the yeast blanket called Flor. The wine finishes long with a salty note alongside the yeast. This is not a flavor profile for everyone, it’s an acquired taste that begs for tapas, olives or some charcuterie. I can see why it is so popular in Southwestern Spain by the coast. I’m drinking it at room temperature, as I normally do when scoring, but it deserves a chilling to freshen it up a touch. I like it and will go with 91 points. This 5 star wine runs $18 and should be drunk on purchase. For tonight, I am will attempt a pairing of shrimp scampi and sautéed zucchini strips with a shredded carrot salad. I think the buttery, garlicky seafood will meld nicely. This Palomino varietal has been fortified to 15% ABV. Salut….