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.
Wine Spectator 92 points - Shows lots of range, featuring singed persimmon, dried nectarine, walnut and green tea notes, with a long bitter almond note on the finish. A big fino with invigorating acidity. Drink now.—J.M. (Jul 31 2013)
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 extra aging on this wine shows in its brilliant gold color and exceptional depth of flavor.
|This wine can stand up to fuller-flavored dishes such as salmon a la plancha, sesame-seared ahi tuna, or gazpacho.
|Bodegas Emilio Hidalgo was founded in 1874 and has developed an international reputation for producing elegant, refined Sherries. Located in the historical heart of Jerez de la Frontera, the winery is housed in a late-19th century building of classic construction — thick walls, large windows, high ceilings and tiled roof — ideal for the fermentation and aging of Sherry.
By the beginning of the 20th century the winery was already well established, with a devoted following in Spain and the U.K. By the 1970s, Bodegas Emilio Hidalgo had expanded exportation to discerning Sherry drinkers in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Denmark, the U.S. and Japan.
Today, the fifth generation of Hidalgos runs the winery, carrying on the family’s rich Sherry-making heritage. This new generation maintains the traditions that have been carefully preserved and enriched for more than 130 years. Through their efforts, Bodegas Emilio Hidalgo continues to be recognized worldwide for its high quality and distinct style. The winery has received countless accolades from Sherry connoisseurs and top critics.