Tasting note - Pleamar Manzanilla | Catavino
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Tasting note – Pleamar Manzanilla

Pleamar Manzanilla

How many of you have gone on a trip to a wine region. Fell in love with the wine you try and end up buying a whole bunch of the wines that you tried and “fell in love with”. Then at one stop you threw in a “ringer” bottle that you either pick up at the gift shop, or at a grocery store, thinking eh what the heck, I’ll give it a try. You see where this is leading. You get home, forget you have that “extra” bottle, and come a few months later you find it and figure you’ll give it a try. Here’s the part that always drives me nuts, it tastes great! Why didn’t you buy more while you were there? Damn that Murphy and his law! Oh well such was the case with my trip to Sanlúcar de Barrameda last September. On my way out of town I stopped into a little hole in the wall tourist spot to pick up a handful of sherry half bottles to taste on my return to Madrid. Today to celebrate the fact that my nose now enjoys the return of its most important asset, smell, I decided to open this last one from that bunch and see what I found. Here are my notes on it:

  • N.V. Gaspar Florido Jerez/Xérès/sherry y Manzanilla de Sanlúcar Manzanilla Pleamar – Spain, Andalucía, Jerez/Xérès/sherry y Manzanilla de Sanlúcar (11/23/2005)
    Lightly golden in color with a brilliant clarity. The nose is salty with flowers, honey, raw almond, filbert, light wood polish, though I really get a creamy flower like aroma followed by some honeydew. The palate has a high acidity with a very dry but lingering finish. Flavors are a bit austere, and delicate. The flowers show up from nose but I’m left with a raw nut flavor coating my tongue on the finish, and to be specific a flavor of melon, but not the rich flesh rather the hard part closest to the rind. Refreshing and with a hint of flor in the mid-palate. I would have to say this is not a beginner’s sherry but rather one that you might appreciate after you’ve fallen in love. Definitely worth checking out.

    3.5 grape

I also thought I would throw in my wife’s incredibly well written note on the same wine. She’s agreed to start collecting notes on the wines we try too, and though this is only her second written one, I do think she has the hang of it.

  • N.V. Gaspar Florido Jerez/Xérès/sherry y Manzanilla de Sanlúcar Manzanilla Pleamar – Spain, Andalucía, Jerez/Xérès/sherry y Manzanilla de Sanlúcar (11/23/2005)
    Light pale yellow, clear along the rim with an astounding clarity. Aroma of flowers, almonds, honey with a touch of pear and salt. Dances on the palate with medium to high acidity along the edge of the tongue with a quick dry finish. Although the honey and flowers are pungent and strong in the nose, they failed to show equal intensity on the palate. Maybe a more nutty or slightly herbal flavor on the tongue. I thoroughly enjoyed the dichotomy between the aroma and the flavor. Actually before my first taste, I was reminded of a few white ports that had that same jammy quality. – Gabriella

So remember next time your going to throw a bottle in the cart, “just to try”, you might want to make it 2!

Till soon, Ryan Opaz