Equipo Navazos, La Bota No 110 Manzanilla Pasada "Capataz Cabo", Jerez, Spain
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.
A new release of Manzanilla Pasada from the very special small solera of just 13 barrels at the old cellars of Hijos de Sancho Marin Perez. This solera, or more accurately a selection of barrels from it, has been the source of every release of Manzanilla Pasada from Equipo Navazos originating with No 10 (that Jancis Robinson scored 20/20) to the most recent release La Bota 90, which received 96/97 from Luis Gutierrez: "This is nuttier than the regular Manzanilla and even nuttier than the majority of Manzanilla Pasada, keeping the saline and marine character, hints of iodine and low tide, but also something floral and ethereal. The palate is super expressive and explosive, pungent and nuanced, with very pure and long-lasting flavours. This is truly impressive… a monumental wine. 3,000 bottles produced."
A versatile wine, from everyday rice dishes, fish and charcuterie, through to scrambled eggs and truffles, soft sheep cheeses, Asian and spicy dishes.
Robert Parkers The Wine Advocate 98 Points
The new bottling of the extraordinary saga of old Manzanilla Pasada 10, 30, 59 and 90 is the NV La Bota de Manzanilla Pasada 110 Capataz Cabo, from a solera filled with wine from Sanlúcar, mostly from the Pago Miraflores, that averages 10 years under flor and a further five years topped up with wine taken from all or most of the barrels in the solera. This bottling has resulted in a very balanced wine with intensity, freshness, complexity and drinkability, very difficult attributes to combine. This is the most complex and nuanced of Manzanilla Pasada before turning into Amontillado. It has gobsmacking precision and purity, defined and clean, laser cut like a diamond. This could be the most elegant and precise of all the bottlings of this wine. Cuts like a knife? No, cuts like a scalpel! 3,200 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2022. 98 Points, LG, September 2022.
Jancis Robinson 16.5 Points
Bottled February 2022. Average age of 14 years. This was first bottled in 2008. Pale orange. Dried citrus peel and almost too concentrated! Slightly on the edge of too old. But with cheese it might work? Flor is still there so it doesn’t qualify as an amontillado. Unique! 16.5 Points, JR, November 2022.
6 x 75cl
Award: Robert Parkers The Wine Advocate 95 Points
Award: Robert Parkers The Wine Advocate 96 Points
Award: Robert Parkers The Wine Advocate 97 Points
Award: Robert Parkers The Wine Advocate 94 Points