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I Think Manzanilla Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Palomino Fino

9.311 ratings
9.64 pro ratings
Jerez, Andalucía, Spain
Palomino Fino
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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
JohnQ Boxler

Sales Berkeley Wine Company

9.8

Last bottle of I Think. Salty freshness has evolved into a nuanced and layered Manzanilla. Gorgeous. Thanks @TintoFinoVino

Last bottle of I Think. Salty freshness has evolved into a nuanced and layered Manzanilla. Gorgeous. Thanks @TintoFinoVino

Sep 8th, 2013
Greg Sorensen

I like the I Think Manzanilla. Good balance, depth, and drinkability. Good nutty floe aromas in balance.

I like the I Think Manzanilla. Good balance, depth, and drinkability. Good nutty floe aromas in balance.

Oct 28th, 2013
Simeng Sun

Salty, dry, and nutty

Salty, dry, and nutty

Aug 30th, 2013
Lauren Gitlin

Salt-lickin' good

Salt-lickin' good

Jul 13th, 2013
Lawrence Barclay

Staple. Nutty, dry.

Staple. Nutty, dry.

Jun 16th, 2013
Amanda Yallop

Amanda had this 6 years ago

Amanda had this 6 years ago

Apr 5th, 2014
Kayne Guzowski

Kayne had this 7 years ago

Kayne had this 7 years ago

May 3rd, 2013
Louis Schofield

Sommelier/Wine Merchant East End Cellars

9.6

Louis had this 7 years ago

Louis had this 7 years ago

Mar 4th, 2013
John Gallagher

John had this 2 years ago

John had this 2 years ago

Jan 24th, 2018