Equipo Navazos La Bota 51 Palo Cortado Viejisimo Bota GF
Nº 51 La Bota de Palo Cortado Viejísimo "Bota GF" is another spine tingling micro-batch release from the same source as the stunning La Bota No. 47 "Bota NO" and No. 48 "Bota Punta". These latter two wines, along with the La Bota de Amontillado 49 "Bota A. R." from the same old collection of soleras, count amongst the most remarkable Sherries bottled by Navazos. Now we have another to add to that list. Named after the wine's creator, the grower and Sherry master Gaspar Florido, "Bota GF" is bottled from a single cask within the epic GF-30 Palo Cortado solera. As Luis Gutiérrez points out below, the grapes were most likely sourced from Florido's Armijo lieu-dit within the Pago Miraflores, and would have been cask-fermented. The wine within this cask is thought to be around 75 years old. As Jesús notes below, wines of this quality, individuality and age are a dying breed in Sherry country. We can only thank the Equipo for allowing us to experience such bygone wonders before the well runs dry forever. There is simply not that much venerably old wine left around anymore, not to mention as balanced and harmonious as these; not even in the combined cellars of Jerez, El Puerto and Sanlúcar, and we fear that the chances of having access to jewels such as these are unlikely to abound in the future-especially at these prices and in lots of multiple wines of the same breed for us to compare. Jesús Barquín Equipo Navazos has recently released a handful of Palos Cortados because they jumped at the chance to buy some extremely old wines from Pedro Romero. This NV La Bota de Palo Cortado 51 Bota GF is a single cask that was bottled in February 2014 averaging some 75 years of age in a solera system. GF are the initials of Gaspar Florido, a grower from Sanlúcar who owned some of the best plots in the Armijo vineyard inside Pago Miraflores in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, where this wine was likely born.
Until 2013-2014, these butts have rested at the sacristy of Bodegas Pedro Romero, back to the “Barrio” and in fact very close to their original location. It was there we encountered them again and proceeded to sample them exhaustively in order to choose our favorite ones. Our label legend “Bota GF” is of course our modest tribute to the original wine and its maker until 2007.
Together with the rest of the releases in this short series, La Bota de Palo Cortado 51 “Bota GF” gives us an increasingly rare opportunity to encapsulate and enjoy a little sample of the history of the Sherry district. We are talking about releases 41, 47, 48, 49, and 51: their estimated average ages range from 50–in the case of the youngest–to 80 years. There is simply not that much venerably old wine left around anymore, not to mention as balanced and harmonious as these; not even in the combined cellars of Jerez, El Puerto and Sanlúcar, and we fear that the chances of having access to jewels such as these are unlikely to abound in the future–especially at these prices and in lots of multiple wines of the same breed for us to compare.