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Sanchez Ayala, Manzanilla Gabriela NV
Palomino Fino 100%
A venerable Sherry house in Sanlucar de Barrameda, Sanchez Ayala was founded in 1789. More recently the bodega was bought in the 1980s and now bottles its own production making it a real "growers Sherry". Gabriela is aged for around 6 years and has soft, fruity flavours with the classic yeasty aromas and a typically saline hit on the finish.
Bodegas Miguel Sanchez Ayala was founded in 1798 in Sanlucar de Barremeda in the very nascent days of the Sherry traditions. (Parenthetically, it was also the nascent days of the United States. John Adams had just succeeded George Washington as President.) Being one of the first Bodegas of the region came with perks notably the Las Canas vineyard and it's location in Barrio Baja. The Las Canas site is still the single origin of their wines, which is quite rare in the Jerez Triangle. The Barrio Baja is the neighborhood best situated in Sanlucar for the formation of healthy flora the true assistant winemaker in the making of Manzanilla. The wines here are fermented with native yeast and all are minimally filtered before bottling. Only free run juice is used. There is often debate about whether Sherry is a wine of process over terroir. But here the focus is on both the traditions of Sherry production but also the history of the great terroir of the Las Canas vineyard.