In a nutshell: A sweet and rich, but never sticky, style of dark Oloroso Sherry from Bodegas Hidalgo.
The lowdown: Oloroso sherries come in a range of styles, but Hidalgo's Alameda is a rich and sweet blend of old dry Olorosos and sweet, aged Pedro Ximenez. Bodegas Hidalgo themselves are one of the oldest houses in Sanlúcar de Barrameda on the coast south of Jerez and make some of the best sherries. It has a warm, deep amber colour with and displays dried fruit an woody notes on the nose, It's full and rich on the palate with warming flavours of raisins and walnuts which lead to a sweet and lengthy finish which is comfortingly warm and velvety.
When to drink: To appreciate the full range of delicate flavours don't overchill it. It goes well with desserts such as crème caramel and ii lovely with nuts and soft cheeses.
Established in 1792, Bodegas Hidalgo is one of the oldest Sherry producers in existence, it is widely regarded as the de?nitive Manzanilla house. Passing down from generation to generation, continuity and quality have always been the most important themes for the company, which today uses only grapes from their own vineyards in Jérez Superior.
The Manzanillas, premium and aged Sherries produced by the Bodega are seen as benchmarks of quality and style the world over. Using the best Palomino Fino grapes grown in bright albariza soils, gradual biological ageing via the solera process under natural ?or produces the innately saline, fresh Manzanillas of Sanlucar. Ever innovative, Bodegas Hidalgo pioneered an aged, single vineyard Pasada Pastrana Manzanilla, and an un?ltered En Rama version of their La Gitana Manzanilla, released twice a year to coincide with the ?or cycle.