Not as pale as some other Manzanillas – good sign.
Nose: crisp and aromatic, with lots of toasted almond, intese flor and a bit of hay. Dried yellow flowers. Gentle sea spray. Bread crust (migas actually). Subtle Mediterranean herbs as well. I really like its warmth and individual character.
Mouth: a full-bodied but smooth Manzanilla with an above-average structure and a great attack. Some olive brine, toasted almonds and walnuts. Also a hint of sweetness. Subtle fennel too. As on the nose, it shows a few older elements that are hinting towards a Pasada style – I like that.
The solera of Manzanilla Alegría was started by Antonio Pérez Megía, an old bodega in Sanlúcar that became part of the Rumasa empire in the 1980s and was later dismantled with the rest of the group. Its warehouses were demolished in the 1990s and the wines were eventually bought by Williams & Humbert. Apart from Alegría they are also selling the Amontillado Jalifa VORS which originated in the same bodega a long time ago.