Equipo Navazos La Bota 74 Oloroso Montilla

Navazos |Montilla |Pedro Ximinez
Extraordinary Oloroso sherry made from Pedro Ximenez grapes - fragrant, rich, lively and just starting out in life.

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Awesome Oloroso, the style of sherry aged with flor but oxidatively (often outdoors). They carry extra alcohol, and often, but not always, some sweetness.

This exceptional sherry is from a solera that dates back some thirty years, housed at Perez Barquero in Montilla, several hours inland from coastal Jerez and Sanlucar. In fact, it is not officially sherry at all but that's a long story.

Rich and decadent but not over sweet, this is about as good as Oloroso can get, with fresh and dried fruits, walnut oil, coffee and insane intensity.

We list it as fortified - but in fact it is not! It's 21% alcohol is all achieved naturally, through grape ripeness and evaporation.

With this release number 74 we are revisiting the same solera in Montilla from where our release number 46 was sourced. Again Pérez Barquero, where Rafael Cordoba, co-owner of Pérez Barquero, has been controlling with exceptional care the vineyards and vintages for decades. He is a master in obtaining truly outstanding musts, both yema (first press) and color (second press). With these second press musts, locally called “vino de color”, the expert winemaker Juan Márquez produces their Olorosos. Very fragrant and strongly bodied wines, wines that very noticeably show the rotundity of the pedro ximénez grape.


La Bota de Oloroso #74 “Montilla” comes from a selection of casks from the Solera Diógenes, located in third row at the Bodega El Puente. The main difference is that, this time, all the casks selected belong to the solera itself, while for the release number 46 we picked some vessels from younger criaderas as well. This fact, together with the elapsed time and with the fact that the withdrawals from these casks have been small, explain why this wine is almost five years older than its predecessor, La Bota de Oloroso nº 46. Its estimated average age is therefore close to 30 years.

94 Points - "“Sourced from the same solera as the La Bota 46, from the cellars of Pérez Barquero in Montilla-Moriles, but this time taken only from the solera, the NV La Bota de Oloroso 74 “Montilla” is Pedro Ximénez that has been aged oxidatively in a solera for an average of 30 years. It's getting close to the character of a Palo Cortado with some hints of apricots, old furniture and varnish. The textbook nose is very expressive and the palate is round and lush, velvety with a finish dominated by nuts and a spirity touch. It's a powerful and full-bodied Oloroso that was never fortified but achieved its 21% alcohol through concentration from old age." - Luis Gutierrez (The Wine Advocate)

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