La Cigarrrera Oloroso Sherry
Bodegas La Cigarrera has prime sherry real estate in the heart of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. La Cigarrera began as an almacenista operation in 1758. The current bodega housing their solera of 500 barrels was started in 1891 in a former convent by Manuel Hidalgo Colom, the great grandfather of Ignacio Hidalgo, who runs the house today. Ignacio Hidalgo is a ninth-generation cellar master who was one of the very first almacenista producers to begin bottling manzanilla under his own label, once it was allowed in 1997. Previously, the wines were sold to other famous manzanilla houses. The key to the quality of La Cigarrera is the exceptional raw materials and the location of the winery.
Oloroso is aged in the absence of flor, in an oxidative way and starts from a selection of heavier, more full-structured musts than a Fino or Manzanilla. The base wine is fortified which makes it impossible for flor yeasts to survive in these casks. Due to evaporation known as merma (about 3-5% in volume each year), Oloroso will grow more concentrated over time. The best examples will display dried fruits, leather, polished wood and exotic spices along with nutty aromas (especially walnuts), hints of toast. Though naturally dry, the relatively high strength and full body of an Oloroso will give it an impression of roundness and even sweetness. This example has a nose of hazelnut, hints of salt, sharp & assertive. In the mouth it’s round and dry, fairly light and tangy with a warming follow-through.