Manzanilla Pasada, “La Bota 100”, “Botas NO”, Sanlúcar de Barrameda
The members of Equipo Navazos have a particular fondness for the little-seen category of manzanilla pasada, with its gorgeous balance of umami-tinged flor notes and oxidative complexity, and each La Bota release ending in a zero has, in fact, been one. They describe this release, La Bota #100, as veering closer to the even less frequently encountered category of “manzanilla amontillada”—a cousin of the category “fino amontillado” (see below) which is similarly banned from appearing on labels—in which the oxidative character of the wine is beginning to really spread its wings. In Sherry production, a ”Bota NO” is a cask that the cellarmaster has deemed special or particular in character, and that he will thenceforth treat differently than the rest of the solera—by not topping it up with new wine, for one. This release has an average wine age of 14 years, and its complex oxidative character is partly due to this solera’s casks being kept at a higher fill level than the usual 5/6th employed in the region—thereby allowing a more gradual oxidation to occur over time. Here, notes of roasted nuts and dried fruits intermingle with the vibrant yet savory flavors of flor in a stunningly complex representation of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. 16.5% alcohol; bottled in October 2020; 2,600 bottles (500ml) produced.