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Bodegas Hidalgo-La Gitana

Napoleón Amontillado VORS

Price: $100.00 (average US retail)
Size: 500ml
Winery: Bodegas Hidalgo-La Gitana
Highest Rating: 94pts ( Wine Advocate)
Country: Spain
Region: Andalucía
Appellation: D.O. Xérès-Jerez-Sherry

TASTING NOTES

Individual butts of exceptional wine were removed from their solera and marked 'NO' by the Hidalgo family, reserved for family use. After decades of resulting concentration, a new solera was established based upon these superlative barrels, bottled only once per year in extremely small amounts. This Amontillado is the ultimate concentration of the salty elegance that typifies the classic wines of Hidalgo and Sanlúcar.

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PRESS

Napoleón Amontillado VORS - "The NV Amontillado Napoleon VORS is Palomino Fino aged for over 30 years in a solera system, but it’s believed to be closer to 40 years of age. Intense amber-colored, it has a subtle, elegant nose pointing at its Manzanilla origin, with hints of beeswax, marmalade and hazelnuts, lifted by a touch of varnish. The medium-bodied palate shows great intensity and delineation, great balance and complexity, long and elegant. 1,000 half-liter bottles are filled each year. Drink 2013-2020."

94 Points
Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, Aug 1, 2013

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Napoleón Amontillado VORS - "Floral and salty, featuring a pronounced rancio note, this lets date, clove and toasted Brazil nut elements unfurl steadily from the core. The salty, mouthwatering, very precise finish shows impressive length. High-toned for an amontillado. Drink Now."

92 Points
James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, Aug 1, 2013

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Napoleón Amontillado VORS - "Smooth and concentrated, with rich, spicy notes of citrus, toffee and caramel."

***
Eric Asimov, New York Times, Feb 20, 2014

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BODEGAS HIDALGO-LA GITANA WINERY INFO

Overview: Founded in 1792 and one of few remaining estate-produced Manzanilla and Sherry exporters.

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History: Founded in 1792 by José Pantaleón Hidalgo, Bodegas Hidalgo is owned by the sixth successive generation of the family. Hidalgo is a modern rarity, being the last remaining family business (and almacenista, for those familiar with this term) to produce and export its own unblended, single-solera Sherries.

Just as rare is Bodegas Hidalgo's total reliance on its own vineyards, 500 acres of Palomino Fino located in the great chalk pagos ("crus") of Balbaína - the closest Jerez vineyard to the sea - and Miraflores, the great Sanlúcar vineyard renowned for the pedigree of its wines. Just as significant is the privileged location of the family's Bodega San Luis - at beach-level in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, where the Guadalquivir River meets the ocean. Here, the miracle of Manzanilla is made possible by constant exposure to Atlantic breezes, laden with moisture and an ambient yeast/algae culture called flor. This surface-growing culture thrives year-round along Sanlúcar's southwest-facing beachfront, protecting the resting wines from exposure to the air. At the same time, flor imparts the bracing, briny smell of sea spray which is Manzanilla's hallmark, reflecting its years-long maturation process within earshot of the waves.

La Gitana Manzanilla ("the gypsy"), is Hidalgo's flagship wine, product of a family solera established in the early 19th century, around the same time Manzanilla as a wine type came into existence. La Gitana is regarded as the authoritative Manzanilla in Spain and abroad.

Pastrana Manzanilla Pasada: To the southeast of Sanlúcar lies a chalk dune overlooking the Atlantic which offers the perfect conditions for ripening the Palomino grape and for production of the region's finest dry wines. This is Miraflores, the Grand Cru of Jerez Superior. Hidalgo's ancestral Pastrana site, a monopole holding, is at the heart of Miraflores. Pastrana contributes the length and finesse, perhaps even the soul, in all of Hidalgo's magnificent wines, and a decision was taken some years back to market small quantities of the most exemplary manzanilla from this superlative vineyard on its own.

Link to Bodegas Hidalgo Production Chart: http://classicalwines.com/Wineries/winery_11/solera_chart.pdf

Link to satellite images showing situation of Hidalgo-La Gitana and
Bodega San Luis:
http://classicalwines.com/Wineries/winery_11/HidalgoSituation.pdf

Link to D.O. Map: http://classicalwines.com/Maps/sherry_map.jpg

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