In a traditional Andalusian cellar the butt located at the end of a row (thus called “bota punta” or “bota de punta”) eventually acquires a singular character versus the rest of its companions in the same solera. Because it is topped up with wine from the same solera rather than younger wine this bota punta develops a more intense and concentrated personality. As a result it is used like the ‘reserve’ wine in Champagne. But occasionally they bottle it separately. This truly remarkable Oloroso is a very rare combination of sensuousness and depth. You just have to taste it to fully appreciate how special this wine is. The best match I’ve ever experienced for Oloroso is quail in a chocolate sauce. But equally something simple like nuts, fruit or charcuterie would do well. As a result of its aging, this wine does not need cellaring.
Started by a group of Spanish Sherry lovers led by wine writer and Sherry guru Jesús Barquín. The concept behind Equipo Navazos (Team Navazos) was to select specific bota (cask/s) of such wines for individual bottling, unfiltered or lightly filtered. Initially intended for a select group of friends and professionals the project was too good not to share. A variety of styles from several bodegas are bottled in limited numbers. Carrying the name “La Bota de….” (the cask of…). Stated on the label is the date of each saca (racking) is making a solera equivalent of a vintage.
The south western town that is responsible for Sherry. Sherry is a fantastic product that uses local conditions, the ‘Solera’ fractional blending system. In some styles the unique Flor yeast that grows on the top of the maturing wine to craft a wine that cannot be replicated anywhere in the world. They range from young to quite old and dry as dry can be to luscious and sweet. Dry Sherry is made with Palomino Fino, sweeter wines use Pedro Ximenez (PX) and Muscat of Alexandria (Moscatel).
The main variety of Sherry production. It grows in the chalky white albariza soils. Which gives a dry, acidity, minerally and faintly aromatic base wine to craft into works of Sherry art. Used for Fino/Manzanilla, Amontillado and Oloroso production.