I will admit that I don't know much about Sherry. I am still learning. I know the basics but have not had much opportunity to taste good Sherries from Spain. Though I have enjoyed the ones I have tasted.
Catavino's July Virtual Tasting is on Sherries. And I just fit this bottle in under the wire. I should also mention that Catavino has several articles on Sherry this month that you can check out. Check out "Sherry Questions-Answers-Ideas", "Timeline of Spanish Sherry", "Sherry-Spain's Cure for Summer Heat" and "Website Review: Enjoy Sherry."
The Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana Pastrana Manzanilla Pasada, Single Vineyard ($22) is produced from only free run juice. It has an alcohol content of 15.5%. This Sherry is extra aged until the flor begins to die off. Thus it is supposed to result in a deeper, richer flavour.
I found this Sherry to be light and crisp with a nutty and salty flavor. It has a nice golden color and kind of a nutty nose. It has a long finish. It has more complexity than the other Sherry I recently tasted.
I paired this Sherry with a dinner of seared scallops (cooked in olive oil and sea salt), atop a bed of shoepeg corn and bacon. The Sherry was a nice match, especially with the salt of the bacon and the scallops. The nutty flavor became more subdued and the Sherry mellowed. I had some more of the Sherry after dinner, without any food, and I enjoyed it then as well.
I recommend this Sherry as a Drink & Buy. And I will continue to try other Sherries.