A staple of Spanish wine bars, Barbadillo Solear is all Palomino aged under flor for around six years. This is particularly aromatic, showing crushed seashells, day-old bread crust, chamomile, lemon cookies and blanched almonds. The taste is intense. Includes preserved lemon, dried peach slices, crushed almonds and chamomile (Manzanilla is Spanish for chamomile).
Barbadillo is a big operation with many arms (different wines and labels, including private label wines) but you don’t see too often in the U.S., especially in California. While it’s very popular in Spain, Japan, the U.K and Belgium particularly, the U.S. is not “hip” to Sherry in general. The myriad styles and understanding of each merits a semester-long class, which is part of the issue. What other wine region can lay claim to both “Granny sippers” and millennial wine geeks and mixologists as key customers? It would be a better world if more of us appreciated good, inexpensive Sherry like Barbadillo Solear Manzanilla.