La Bota 55 de Manzanilla “Navazos”

Saca of November 2014
D.O. Manzanilla Sanlúcar de Barrameda
15% alc. – 75cl
100% Palomino Fino
Sanlúcar de Barrameda

55

This is our seventh release from the same solera that has already produced editions number 4, 8, 16, 22, 32 and 42 of the ‘La Bota’ series. This new one, while keeping the unmistakably fresh and lively style of previous releases, belongs to the group of the somewhat more settled and ‘serious’ among them. For its selection we have returned to our favorite ‘toneles’ (750 litters butts) of the oldest solera of Manzanilla hosted in a small almacenista-like bodega in Sanlúcar, of which on this occasion we have selected 22. It was precisely the location of this house that inspired our choice of the name that we gave our project, as our first wine, La Bota de Amontillado nº 1, was sourced precisely from the cellaring facilities of this Barrio de la Balsa, between the streets called Banda Playa and Divina Pastora. This was a zone gradually stolen from the Guadalquivir estuary and traditionally surrounded by–today almost gone–navazos.

La Bota de Manzanilla 55 has an intense nose as well as a delicate, salty and cheerful palate; perhaps less powerful but fresher and more jovial. An unbeatable match on the dinner table, it excels with dishes from the Spanish seafood tradition: mackerel potatoes, tuna stew, oven preparations and boiled shellfish; international cuisine: toro sashimi, marinated herrings, mussels; and especially with the spicy dishes of the Asian southeast. It has been bottled after only the slightest filtration in order to preserve its genuine character and its deep golden color with green hues as if straight from the butt.

It is advisable to handle this manzanilla with just as much care as any other great white wine. It should be served at about 9/11ºC in fairly large stemware, never in the cliché copita.

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