Thursday, 18 February 2016
La Bota de Amontillado 61 "Bota No" 18.5%, Equipo Navazos
Pure amber with coppery-gold highlights and a trace of green at the rim, legs.
Fragrant and refined, very Sanluqueño, slightly saline then plenty of hazelnuts and a turrón blando note. Deceptively light, there are traces of cinnamon, vanilla, caramel and American oak, and a gentle glyceric sweetness which develops a hint of honey.
Fresh and charming with a crisp edge on entry which develops into a delightful tanginess reinforcing the Sanlúcar origins and which balances with the roundness of age. There remains just a memory of flor which is overtaken by lots of nuttiness on the very long finish. Superb.
In 1980 La Guita reorganised their bodegas and the older wines went to a bodega on the Jerez road. This wine comes from there and from a solera known as Manzanilla Pasada Vieja 1/10. In Jerez this would be called Amontillado but in Sanlucar there are so many versions of Manzanilla before they finally call it Amontillado. The other soleras are called Manzanilla Pasada Muy Vieja and Manzanilla Pasada Viejisima 1/3, so this is not from the oldest but the wine still has an average age of about 22 years. From this same solera came the superb La Bota de Amontillado 31.
Around 50 Euros for a 50cl bottle