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Callejuela Blanquito Manzanilla Pasadatext
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Callejuela Blanquito Manzanilla Pasada NV

Sherry Jerez - Manzanilla, SpainBrothers Pepe y Paco produce some incredibly dynamic Palominos from el Marco de Jerez, some fortified and some not, and some with flor and some without. Their father, Francisco Blanco Martínez, ‘el Blanquito’ founded the business in 1980. Originally, he worked as an almacenista de mosto, farming his own vineyards and selling the base wine to bottling houses. His sons came on board in the late 1990s, and consolidated the operation in a cellar atop the slope of Pago el Hornillo on the estuary side of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Today they own 28 hectares of vines across four pagos. This Manzanilla Pasada comes from Hornillo, and is named for Francisco Blanco. It has had a full 12 years of aging in solera, and will continue to mature and grow in bottle. Certainly showing some age (beyond its golden hue), you're seeing the burnished lemon, toasted marcona almonds, hay, and caramelized honey notes hovering atop an electric palate, one lined with tea leaves, dried peach, dried apple, wild mint, and based on deep chalk. The finish lingers with iodine and ample salinity. For all its intensity there is a lot of freshness here still, resulting in a lovely harmony. Impressive now, and with years to come.Tasted: 08 April 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 52.99 500 select private retailers Producer: CallejuelaDistributors: Grape By Grape Wines
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