Equipo Navazos Sherry Dinner

Sherry Tasting
six wines

Fino Macharnudo Alto #35
The La Bota de Fino Macharnudo Alto 35 was bottled in June 2012, and shows a deep golden color. This wine is sourced from the Inocente solera from Valdespino, and averages 10 years under flor. An old wine that is a complex gentle giant crying for food. It shows a deep old-gold color, and feels dense and concentrated. The very complex nose is redolent of yeast, chalk, esparto grass, salted almonds and iodine, and keeps changing and developing as the wine stays in the glass. The palate is full-bodied, intense, balanced, ending dry with a bitter note. As good as Fino gets. Drink 2013- 2019. 95/100.” Luis Gutierrez – The Wine Advocate

Manzanilla Navazos #42
The NV La Bota de Manzanilla 42 from the Balbaina vineyard in Sanlúcar has a pure biological profile, saline, with iodine, sea shell, aromatic herbs and a touch of smoke. The palate is extremely fine, saline, pungent, sharp, balanced, intense and elegant. My experience with previous bottlings of this wine is that the wine evolves in bottle, getting more intense, losing the saline edge, mellowing up but getting more complex at the same time. You should experiment and keep a bottle to see if you like it. Drink 2013-2018. 94/100” Luis Gutierrez – The Wine Advocate

Amontillado Navazos #37
The Lot 37 La Bota de Amontillado is selected from around 100 butts from the amontillado Soleras of Rainera P. Marin that were acquired by the Estevez Group and the idea here was to choose butts with freshness and heightened aromatics. Bottled in September 2012 it has a lucid deep straw color. The nose is very attractive with caramel, hazelnut, Turkish Delight and a touch of wild honey that are all very well defined and vibrant. The palate is very well-balanced with that caramel note coming through and combining beautifully with quince, white pepper, dried honey and marmalade. The oxidative element is perfectly judged on the finish with a delicate, nutty aftertaste that renders this approachable and for want of a better word – delicious! 95/100” Neal Martin – The Wine Advocate

Palo Cortado #34
Bottled February 2012 from Jerez, the Lot 34 La Bota de Palo Cortado is described as a “cousin to the Lot 21” but sourced from oxidative wines from Almacenista Garcia Jarana. In the end, they chose six butts with an average age of around 25 years. It has a slightly more honeyed element compared to the Lot 37, with orange blossom, furniture polish, Satsuma and yellow flowers. The palate has a gorgeous, slightly viscous entry which gently coats the mouth: dried honey, white pepper, walnut, dried herbs and quince. This is very harmonious, perhaps a more accessible style, as the oxidative note is less pronounced, but no less serious. 96/100.” Neal Martin – The Wine Advocate

Oloroso Navazos #46
The NV La Bota De Oloroso 46 is produced from Pedro Ximenez grapes in Montilla-Moriles, sourced from the Perez Barquero winery. It displays a deep amber color, denoting its old age (it could be around 25 to 30 years old), the nose and palate show the different grape, Pedro Ximenez, which gives more powerful wines than Palomino, with a touch of rusticity. Montilla has a continental climate which ages and concentrates the wines faster than in Jerez. The nose has some sweet notes of dry apricots, very fine and elegant. The palate is surprisingly dry, it fills the mouth with penetrating flavors of hazelnuts and cashews, is powerful, with a very long finish. Benchmark Montilla Oloroso. Drink 2013-2020. 94/100” Luis Gutierrez – The Wine Advocate

Pedro Ximinez # 36
The Lot 36 La Bota de Pedro Ximenez comes from the old Solera of sweet PX from Bodegas Fernando de Castilla that probably averages around 30-years in age and has pronounced oxidation and low alcohol. The selection for this bottling demonstrated the most depth and definition. Dark brown in color, this oozes out of the bottle. It has wonderful definition on the nose with marmalade, molasses and just a very faint adhesive scent. The palate is unctuous on the entry but extraordinarily well-balanced as the acidity slices through the thickly layered treacle infused with molasses, cloves and a pinch of white pepper. Long and sensual, this is an intense PX that threatens to overwhelm the senses and yet it is so perfectly balanced and harmonious that you just fall into its arms. This PX can be summed up in three letters. WOW. 98/100.” Neal Martin – The Wine Advocate

Sherry Dinner
six course meal with six wines

Colet Navazos Sparkling Extra Brut 2008
A delicate and fresh vintage sparkling wine from Penedes. 17.5 from Jancis Robinson

Navazos Niepoort Blanco 2011 
Lovely vinous, dry white. The 2011 Navazos-Niepoort Vino Blanco is an unfortified Palomino Fino fermented in cask from a single vineyard. It offers a fascinating bouquet with subtle oxidative notes combining beautifully with light resinous aromas. The palate is well-balanced with a crisp, walnut tinged entry, crisp acidity and a lovely, slightly abrupt yeasty finish. This is very fine. 90/100” Neal Martin – The Wine Advocate

Navazos Palo Cortado #47 
No reviews on these yet but their ‘brothers’ were 95+ point wines.

Navazos Palo Cortado Punta #48

Contador 'Predicador' Tinto 2011
The 2011 Predicador displays a nice, bright cherry color, with notes of licorice, dark fruits (plums, blackberries, and blueberries) and pungent spices (clove?). The medium-bodied palate reveals good work with the wood, which is very well-integrated and an acid spine that makes the wine long and fresh. This delivers great quality at a great price. Drink 2014-2018.

Casa del Inca Pedro Ximinez 2011
The 2011 Pedro Ximenez Casa Del Inca is a young sweet Pedro Ximenez from sun-dried Pedro Ximenez grapes from Montilla-Moriles sourced from the Perez Barquero winery. It displays a dark mahogany color and an explosive nose of raisins, sugar cane, dates, candied oranges and spices (curry and clove). The palate shows a very dense wine, sweet but fresh wine (it has around 420 grams of sugar!), showing some noble oxidation. It feels a little older than it is. Drink 2013-2020. 91/100” Luis Gutierrez – The Wine Advocate

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