Equipo Navazos La Bota 103 Manzanilla Pasada Magnum

The historic premises of Calle Misericordia in Sanlúcar de Barrameda were thoroughly refurbished several years ago. The works did not significantly affect the thousands of casks of the solera and criaderas of manzanilla that are maturing in the two main buildings, but it did change the disposition and the wines of the Sala de Banderas--mainly casks of Amontillado in the most delicate Sanlúcar style. Among these were two toneles of 90 arrobas (1500 litres each), singularly placed in two of the corners of the room, separated from the main rows of casks that stand by the wall. These two casks were filled with a selection of the best wines of the first criadera (1/41) of the extraordinary Manzanilla Pasada from Misericordia (with the same genealogy as the releases #10, 20, 30, etc.). As with the previous edition of La Bota 70, this is again drawn from these two toneles.

The average age of this Manzanilla Pasada is around 13 years. It is a complex and powerful wine, balanced with freshness and elegant oxidation notes that make it truly unique. It will partner a wide variety of food, including rich fish dishes, charcuterie and truffled eggs and is best served around 11ºC in moderately large stemware. The note below refers to the previous edition, La Bota de 70, which was bottled in 2016.

"This is a little younger than the other bottlings of Manzanilla Pasada, and also a little lighter. Eduardo Ojeda started putting some wines away in the Calle Misericordia winery, some 41 casks that were turned into criaderas of the manzanilla pasada; and from those casks, he selected 2,000 liters that put into two 1,000-liter barrels that are thought to be over 100 years of age. The wine can be around ten-years-old. They also sourced a younger wine to make the magnums more affordable. It has the more oxidative character than the older wines, as if the begging of the oxidative phase is somehow disturbing after the long biological aging. The wine shows much better in the palate where you find a solid wine. This is a younger brother (or sister) of the older manzanillas pasadas, which should develop nicely once it is bottled - and especially in magnum. They expect to fill 1,300 magnums from two 1,000-liter barrel." 93-96 points, Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate

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