This is only the second commercial release of this wine, drawn from an ultra-rare, 100% PX solera resting in Sanlúcar’s Marqués del Real Tesoro bodega (the first release was La Bota No. 11). This 12-butt solera was filled in 2000 with a very old P.X. that had been carefully selected from the stocks of a small producer in Sanlúcar that was closing down. Since then it has remained untouched, except for the two small withdrawals made by Navazos.
Estimated to have an average age of 30 years, this is a mind-blowing example of a pure Pedro Ximénez—that is, a wine never blended with Oloroso or any other wine—produced in the Jerez style: fortified initially to 18.5% alc. and aged in butts filled only to 5/6 of their capacity (in order to enhance the complexity of oxidative notes). With time, the alcohol percentage has dropped to 16% alc. This beguiling sweet wine can be enjoyed on its own or side by side with chocolate-based dishes. Serve on the cool side, so the temperature inside the glass can evolve from 12º C to about 16º C.
“A classical PX aged in the style of Jerez, more oxidative than the ones produced in Montilla-Moriles, the NV La Bota de Pedro Ximénez 76 "Jerez" has 370 grams of residual sugar and 16% alcohol after being aged for an average of 30 years in old 600-liter American oak casks, where some alcohol evaporated, as it was fortified to 17.5%. This was already bottled eight or nine years ago, with number 11. It has notes of carob beans, cocoa, licorice and toffee, not too dry, a little more oxidative and more developed. 1,800 bottles produced.”
94 points, Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate