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Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana - "Wellington" - Palo Cortado - 20 Year NV (500ml)

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Producer Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana
Country Spain
Region Jerez
Varietal Palomino Fino
Sku 011872
ABV 17.50%
Grown Organically 

The origins of Hidalgo La Gitana go back to 1792, when José Pantaleón Hidalgo bought from his father-in-law, Roque Vejarano, a small storage winery in Sanlúcar de Barrameda's Barrio Bajo, close to the river Guadalquivir. It was José's son, Eduardo, who first launched Hidalgo as a top producer in Sanlúcar. The name, La Gitana, comes from an anonymous gypsy woman used to sell Hidalgo’s wine at her bar, locally known as “el vino de la gitana." When the winery started to sell the wine in bottle in the early part of the 20th century, Hidalgo not only maintained the name but also illustrated the label with the image of a gypsy woman, based on a painting that still hangs in the winery’s offices.

The house remains independent and family-owned: Today, the eighth-generation is at the helm of this historic Bodega. Hidalgo La Gitana relies entirely on its own vineyards in two of the best pagos of the region: Balbaína — in between the sea and Jerez — and Miraflores, the great Sanlúcar vineyard. They own almost 200 hectares of vines, all organically farmed.

Hidalgo La Gitana's Wellington VOS Palo Cortado is made from 100% Palomino Fino grapes that have aged in the Bodega's solera for over 20 years. The wine is named for the Duke of Wellington, whose army Hidalgo sold wine to during the Peninsula Wars in the early 19th century. Deep tawny color with intoxicating aromas of almond paste, toasted hazelnut, dried fruits, dried quince, candy apple and sea-spray. The palate is long and concentrated with incredible depth, complexity and richness. An amazingly nuanced and refined VOS Palo Coratdo. 

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