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