Monday 5 June 2017

Manzanilla 1a Saca 2016 15%, Sacristía AB

Bright, quite deep strawy yellow with brassy amber tones, legs.
Intense and super complex, this is a beautifully matured Manzanilla pasada. There are loads of yeast notes, not only the slightly bitter almond ones from the flor, but also strawy, buttery, nutty, almost cheesy ones from autolysis of the dead yeast cells at the bottom of the butt. There is also a notable hint of salinity and notes of dried flowers and damp bodegas. Impressive.
A rich palate of full-on aromas, textures and flavours. It is big, structured and generous with so many layers of flavour, much of it autolytic, and fairly low acidity yet perfectly balanced. If you hold it on the palate it just gives more and more, and for a long time after you swallow. An absolute classic.
This outstanding wine, possibly the best yet, was selected by Antonio Barbadillo in July 2016 after a mild wet spring. The selection was made from 30 butts in the soleras of Bodegas Francisco Yuste and bottled en rama with an average age of about 10 years. Before bottling the blend was allowed to settle and homogenise in tanks at a low temperature for a couple of months. Now with nearly a year in bottle it is really showing well, and demonstrating just how complex Manzanilla can be. 
15 euros per half bottle, Er Guerrita

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