Equipo Navazos, La Bota No 109, Amontillado 'Viejísimo de Trebujena Bota Punta', Montilla-Moriles, Spain (37.5cl.)
Equipo Navazos was born out of a group of friend’s passion to share the authentic, traditional wines of Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, El Puerto de Santa Maria and Montilla … legitimately some of the greatest wines of the world!
These wines come from soleras and individual casks that remain, relatively neglected by the market in corners of many of Andalusia’s most prestigious bodegas. These unexpected yet fortunate findings have been made available to wine lovers around the world in limited quantities under the La Bota series (consecutively numbered editions, with the date of each saca or withdrawl date on the label) … in doing so respecting generations of expertise and care for these rare and beautiful wines. Today their efforts are increasingly focused on producing their own exceptional wines, such as Florpower, that truly express the character of Sanlúcar and its unique terroir. Outside of Andalusia, Equipo Navazos have collaborated with winemakers including Dirk Niepoort and Sergi Colet to develop authentic and individual wines that never fail to impress.
The white chalky soil of the Jerez area, 'albariza,' is ideal for the cultivation of Palomino grapes which produce the sherry for which Jerez is so well known. With a focus on the old vine vineyards of Mirafloes La Baja, Sanlúcar from which their Florpower wines come from. However, experience has shown them that, in the end, the vineyard always prevails regardless of the intensity and duration of ageing, which is why they increasingly tend to limit the latter more and more.
“Saca de Octubre de 2021. One of the great satisfactions of the Equipo Navazos adventure, has been the opportunity to collaborate with exceptional people, such as those at the Albarizas de Trebujena Co-operative and bottle this incredible Amontillado. It reminds us of La Bota de Amontillado Viejísimo 5 “NPI”. First for its focused character, despite the tremendous concentration from great age. Second, the uncertainty about its origins. The co-operative was founded in 1977 but the wine is older, and it’s not entirely clear how it came to be at the winery, even the veterans are unsure. In our opinion, it shows a profile of the Guadalquivir area, with a style similar to that from Sanlucar.” Jesús Barquín, professor of criminology and founder of Equipo Navazos.
Type: Very old solera casks
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: None
Only 25 cases available … From a co-op in Trebujena, right next to the Rio Guadalquivir … very old wine with a mysterious origin.
Jamon Iberico and aged manchego cheese.
Robert Parkers The Wine Advocate 98 Points
The NV La Bota de Amontillado Bota Punta 109 is a very old wine they selected from the cooperative of Trebujena that had never been bottled before. The cooperative was created in 1970, but one of the members had these butts from before; their history was really unknown, but the wine has a profile of coastal Amontillado (from Sanlúcar or Trebujena) with less glycerin, sharp and saline, not as sharp or as bitter as the iconic NPI but with crazy numbers—alcohol, acidity, dry extract and everything. It's very intense but very balanced. An amazing wine that should live forever. It was bottled into 1,200 half bottles (one bota) in October 2021. 98 Points, LG, September 2022.
Jancis Robinson 16 Points
About 50 years old on average, bottled to preserve the wine. They recommend drinking a little bit on its own, ‘maybe with almonds or very old cheese, reading quietly on a rainy day’ or with spicy East Asian food such as wasabi. This is in Montilla but a new regulation will allow this bodega and its like to call its wines sherry. Half-bottle. Rich and round on the nose, a little demanding on the end but it smells of shoe polish and richness. Long and very clean. A curiosity. 16 Points, JR, November 2022.
Palomino Fino 100%
6 x 37.5cl
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Award: Robert Parkers The Wine Advocate 98 Points