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Emilio Hidalgo, La Panesa Fino
A very special fino indeed, the solera for this wine was started in 1961. The very best barrels of the Emilio Hidalgo basic fino are added to this smaller solera system. Great care is taken to pay attention to the temperature and humidity for this solera such that the flor on the wine lives for 15 years - the average age of the wine in bottle. This is bottled with only light filtration. Highly complex compared to a standard fino sherry and with a deeper, darker colour and richer, earthier flavours.
This Fino sherry is 'especial' because it comes from a special part of the bodega sourced from a very small selection of barrels within the solera. Like all the selections in the Hidalgo cellars, the Panesa Especial was identified as having unique properties by Manuel Nieves, cellar master, and his predecessors over 50 years ago.�Made from 100% Palomino, the wine ages under flor for�an�average of 15 years,�several years longer than the vast majority of finos. The flor is kept alive so long�with infusions of young Sherry and added nutrients, but as it thins towards the end of its life, a light oxidation takes place. This extra aging shows in La Panesa's brilliant gold color and exceptional depth of flavor.