La Cigarrera Oloroso
Producer: La Cigarerra
Varietal: Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain
La Cigarrera Oloroso is a minimum of 6 years old, but could be said to have aged far longer thanks to the use of the solera aging system. Produced from the palomino grape variety; it is fortified up to 18% (slightly higher than their Amontillado). It ages primarily through solera, effectively allowing it to age oxidatively without the protection of flor for its entire maturation process.
La Cigarrera began life as an almacenista (warehousing or wholesaling) operation in 1758. Eventually, a small production of 500 barrels was started in in one of the rented facilities (an old convent) of the operation. This would eventually become La Cigarerra, named after the women who would traditionally sell cigars along the streets in Sanlúcar. Ignacio Hidalgo, the great-grandson of the original almacenista head, runs the bodega today. He was one of the first to begin bottling Manzanilla under his own label, and is one of the leaders in independent, small production Manzanilla in an arena given over almost entirely to large production houses.