Equipo Navazos

I Think Manzanilla Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Palomino Fino

9.277 ratings
9.237 pro ratings
Jerez, Andalucía, Spain
Palomino Fino
Top Notes For
Connor Smith

Sanlúcar de Barrameda was the port that Christopher Columbus set off from in 1492. Just 1 year earlier, duties on wine exports from Sanlúcar had been abolished to take advantage of English merchants desperate for new supply after the loss of Bordeaux.

It began a centuries-long romance between Sherry and English wine lovers, as immortalized in Shakespeare's Henry IV Part 2, when Falstaff glorifies sturdy Spanish 'sack' over thin Bordeaux 'claret' and Rhine 'hock'.

But the honeymoon, quite literally, was not to last. Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon drove a wedge between England and Catholic Europe, and left English wine lovers in need of a new source once again. But Sherry fanatics wouldn't have to go entirely without. When Sir Francis Drake sailed into Cádiz and burned the Spanish fleet in 1587, he carried away 2,900 butts of Sherry - enough to supply London for years - as his most famous prize.

(This is adapted from notes for Le Dû’s Wines ‘History of Wine 1453AD-Present’ seminar, where this wine was poured)

Sanlúcar de Barrameda was the port that Christopher Columbus set off from in 1492. Just 1 year earlier, duties on wine exports from Sanlúcar had been abolished to take advantage of English merchants desperate for new supply after the loss of Bordeaux.

It began a centuries-long romance between Sherry and English wine lovers, as immortalized in Shakespeare's Henry IV Part 2, when Falstaff glorifies sturdy Spanish 'sack' over thin Bordeaux 'claret' and Rhine 'hock'.

But the honeymoon, quite literally, was not to last. Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon drove a wedge between England and Catholic Europe, and left English wine lovers in need of a new source once again. But Sherry fanatics wouldn't have to go entirely without. When Sir Francis Drake sailed into Cádiz and burned the Spanish fleet in 1587, he carried away 2,900 butts of Sherry - enough to supply London for years - as his most famous prize.

(This is adapted from notes for Le Dû’s Wines ‘History of Wine 1453AD-Present’ seminar, where this wine was poured)

Aug 20th, 2019
John McCarroll

Sales Rowan Imports

9.2

Extremely easy to drink all this v fast

Extremely easy to drink all this v fast

Jun 7th, 2017
Chip Hughes

Grilled nuts, vanilla, honey, apples. Seems unfortified. Really fine. #manzanilla

Grilled nuts, vanilla, honey, apples. Seems unfortified. Really fine. #manzanilla

Dec 31st, 2016
Alder Yarrow

Wine Blogger Vinography

9.4

Delicioso. Salty and green apple.

Delicioso. Salty and green apple.

Oct 28th, 2015
Christopher Bates

Master Sommelier, Owner/Winemaker Element Winery

9.0

Good, but not integrated.

Good, but not integrated.

Oct 14th, 2015
Alex Alan

Wine Director Hotel Delmano

9.3

Equipo Navazos "I think" Manzanilla en Rama. This 2012 saca is so expressive and alive after a few years in bottle.

Equipo Navazos "I think" Manzanilla en Rama. This 2012 saca is so expressive and alive after a few years in bottle.

Sep 2nd, 2015
Olivia Ragni

Drinking lovely at a year old with loads of texture an nutty qualities

Drinking lovely at a year old with loads of texture an nutty qualities

May 30th, 2015
Phil Green

Clean and fresh but lacking vibrancy a little old perhaps

Clean and fresh but lacking vibrancy a little old perhaps

Jan 30th, 2015
Joel Goyette

I think I need another half case.

I think I need another half case.

Oct 27th, 2014
Charlie Abbott

Sommelier Casa Mono

9.1

Apple juice and sea spray with some marconas sprinkled in for good measure

Apple juice and sea spray with some marconas sprinkled in for good measure

Oct 1st, 2014