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Bodegas Yuste / Aurora

La Kika Manzanilla Pasada

Price: $35.00 (average US retail)
Size: 375ml
Winery: Bodegas Yuste / Aurora
Highest Rating: 93pts ( Wine & Spirits)
Country: Spain
Region: Andalucía
Appellation: D.O. Manzanilla de Sanlúcar de Barrameda


Dedicated to Paco Yuste's late mother Caridad (‘Kika'). Solera is located at historic Bodega Santa Ana in Sanlúcar's Barrio Bajo, the Yuste residence. La Kika is over twelve years old, concentrated and green-gold, clinging to freshness. Individual botas are selected upon order for bottling directly by hand.

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La Kika Manzanilla Pasada - "When it came to describing this top-class manzanilla as it won a well-deserved Gold: ‘oily texture and smoky intensity, but freshness on the palate and great balance overall'; ‘vibrant and fresh character, revealing subtle notes of banana, nuts and wood'; ‘the oxidative characteristics take a back seat, yet it's brilliant!'"

Gold Medal, Critics' Choice
Sommelier Wine Awards 2018, May 2, 2018

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La Kika Manzanilla Pasada - "Consistent with the style of Yuste wines, this stands out for its clarity of ripe white fruit and salinity. There are also notes of dried fruit, tobacco and spice. It's graceful and generous, with refreshing mineral acidity, a classic Manzanilla Pasada, in this case, with more than ten years under flor (March 2017 bottling)."

93 Points
Wine & Spirits Magazine, Aug 1, 2018

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La Kika Manzanilla Pasada - "A little chalky, a little fat in its white cherry fruitiness, this offers sweet scents of jasmine and butterscotch over sea salt and kelp. It is clean and zesty, a wine for roast fish."

91 points
Wine and Spirits Magazine, Aug 15, 2021

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La Kika Manzanilla Pasada - "Wood resin and green melon comprise the nose on this fresh refined manzanilla. Spiced apple, sea salt and sautéed white mushroom flavors are lasting on a healthy semicomplex finish. "

90 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Jul 1, 2017

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Overview: Since 1991, Sanlúcar de Barrameda "almacenista" Francisco (Paco) Yuste has pursued the objective of producing Manzanilla up to its highest historic standards. Upon rescue and restoration of venerable, endangered "soleras" and bodegas in Sanlúcar's emblematic Barrio Alto and Barrio Bajo districts, classic Manzanillas and Sherries are produced.

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History: Sanlúcar native Francisco (Paco) Yuste has sold Manzanilla his entire life, building a successful beverage distributorship in the provinces of Cádiz and Córdoba. In 1991 he purchased historic Bodega Santa Ana in Sanlúcar's Barrio Bajo, including its centenerian "solera", and began operation as an "almacenista." In 2001 he added Bodega Los Ángeles in the Barrio Alto, restoring it to Manzanilla production and for refreshing his "criaderas" at Santa Ana. Bodega Miraflores, founded in 1956 by a group of growers in that famous Sanlúcar "pago," was acquired in 2010 to serve as production base. Yuste quality starts in the vineyard with the fabulous 46-hectare Viña La Alamedilla estate in the Jerez pago of Carrascal. Longterm sources in El Puerto de Santa María’s Balbaína and Sanlúcar’s Miraflores contribute in equal parts to combine freshness and minerality with ample body.

New wines arrive to Bodega Miraflores. Just 800 meters from the Guadalquivir estuary, Miraflores offers ideal conditions for "sobretablas" selection and the first stages of Manzanilla development. After five years, the manzanilla fina passes to Bodega Los Ángeles for aging as Aurora Manzanilla before entering the solera at Bodega Santa Ana in the Barrio Bajo where La Kika ("Manzanilla Pasada en Rama," well over 10 years old: "The Pearl of Sanlúcar" is bottled by hand from selected individual "botas." In 2015 Yuste’s acquisition of the classic Aurora brand provided impetus for export launch. This was followed in 2016 by purchase of Herederos de Argüeso with its famous Manzanilla, San León. Yuste’s treasures include the 18th Century "soleras" of the Conde de Aldama, who preserved his prephylloxeric wines by encasing the "botas" in plaster, preventing their admixture with wines from grafted vines during approximately 50 years. Exceedingly rare bottles of Conde de Aldama Amontillado and Palo Cortado are available.

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