Equipo Navazos La Bota 95 Amontillado Navazos
Equipo Navazos is perhaps the most significant thing to have happened in the world of Sherry for a very long time. It has some of the most influential people in the fine wine world raving about the quality of these wines, and they are talking about the quality first and the fact that they are Sherries second. These are wines to make Sherry sexy again. They are also as rare as hens’ teeth and are being sought after with the same urgency that wealthy Burgundy collectors seek out the wines of DRC or the greatest Montrachet. This makes sense: these wines are every bit as profound, deep, long and complex as any bottle of DRC (and that is no insult to DRC!)
The Navazos Sherries are drawn from several bodegas, and represent a variety of styles: Manzanilla, Fino, Palo Cortado, Oloroso, Pedro Ximénez, Cream and even a brandy. The wines are bottled in limited series, in successive numbered editions, dated and named “La Bota de….” (the cask of…). The date of each saca, or racking, has been precisely stated on the label so that it is possible to compare editions of the same solera. This also enables precise tracking of the evolution of the wines, as these wines are expected to evolve in the bottle (it’s Sherry, but not as we know it). These are once off bottlings and once the bottles for each La Bota… release are spoken for, there are no more.
The following bottling of the Amontillado 58 from 2016 is the NV La Bota de Amontillado 95 Sanlúcar, a saca from November 2019 that is already sold out. It's not a very old wine, around 30 years of age. It has a sharp profile and keeps the freshness because the barrels are kept quite full. It has bitter and iodine flavors, with pungency and length. Drink 2022 - 2029.
Luis Gutiérrez - Wine Advocate (Sep 09, 2022)