La Panesa Especial Fino N/V

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.

Tasting Notes

All finos develop under the veil of flor and this is evident on the nose of this wine, showing its bready, yeasty character.  This Especial shows typical hints of yeast, but is fuller and rounder on the palate than the regular Panesa bottling. 

Food Pairing

This wine can stand up to fuller-flavored dishes such as salmon a la plancha, sesame-seared ahi tuna, or gazpacho.

Production Info
Vineyard name
Jerez de la Frontera
Soil composition
Chalk and sand
Training method
Guyot/Gobelet
Elevation
185 feet
Vines/acre
1,200
Yield/acre
1.8 tons
Exposure
Varied
Year vineyard planted
1974; 2003
Harvest time
September
First vintage of this wine
Solera started in 1961
Bottles produced of this wine
10,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Palomino
Age of Aging Container
More than 50 years
Type of aging container
Barrels
Length of bottle aging
Pure Barrel Aging
Size of aging container
500 L
Type of oak
American oak
Length of aging before bottling
Until ordered
Analytical Data
Alcohol
15 %
pH level
3.1
Residual sugar
1.5 g/L
Acidity
4.5 g/L
Dry extract
20.3 g/L

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