Manzanilla

Published on April 3rd, 2014 | by Ruben

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La Jaca (Álvaro Domecq)

Manzanilla La Jaca is rather young: around four years old

La Jaca is certainly not one of the famous brands of Manzanilla. When Álvaro Domecq (part of the influential Domecq family) started his own bodega in 1999, he took a head start by acquiring stocks from Pilar Aranda, an old almacenista.

However this Manzanilla was not part of these stocks, so its origins remain unclear. It must be bought from an almacenista in Sanlúcar.

 

Manzanilla La Jaca (15%, Álvaro Domecq)

Nose: a light, gentle nose, slightly muted even. There’s a hint of flor and hay but the fruity aromas are bigger. Apples and light hints of apricot. Sweet almonds. Really mellow.

Mouth: starts in full fruity mode again, more like a regular white wine than like a true Manzanilla. Very rounded. Mid-palate it becomes drier, more typical and assertive, with some “punzante” notes and a gentle herbal bitterness and lots of salty notes. But too late to win me over completely. Medium finish.

Availability: you’ll probably find a distributor in your country, but it’s not widely available. I paid around € 9 for a full bottle, that’s very reasonable.

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La Jaca (Álvaro Domecq) Ruben

Summary: La Jaca is a polished, round Manzanilla with lots of almond aromas and a hint of fruity sweetness in the background. Quite young, easy-going and a good match for food, not only the classic seafood combination.

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fell in love with sherry fifteen years ago, but switched to a higher gear in 2013 and started writing about it. Lived in Madrid for a couple of years, now back in Belgium. I also run a whisky blog over at www.whiskynotes.be



  • Paul Y. aka scomorokh

    Actually, this sherry was my first manzanilla that I have ever tasted. I was so delighted with it, really. I think, this wine was my entry point in the sherry world!

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