This rare wine is bottled from a selection—made more than five years ago—of the finest casks from an old solera owned by almacenista Juan García Jarana. The previous release was the La Bota 72, bottled in 2017 after a short period of settling in a small, six-butt solera that was moved to Fernando de Castilla. That wine caused a mini sensation amongst Navazos fans and this should too.
The wine has now aged for five more years in the same tiny solera (locally called an altarillo, or ‘little altar’) that bears the Equipo Navazos stamp. The average age of this wine is now 33-35 years, yet it’s remarkably fresh and explosively intense. The perfume is lifted and stops you in your tracks with notes of dried fig, caramel, coffee and balsam, while the palate is almost too seductive and delicious for word. At once it is fluid, juicy, sweet (again from age, not sugar—this has zero sugar), driven and saline, offering the characters of the nose, but also sea spray and even bitter chocolate and dried orange. Despite all of these seemingly hedonistic characters, the wine remains refreshingly dry, salty, spicy and complex. This is something very special.
“… This feels older and has the reductive aromas of matchstick and old church. It seems like the wine has aged a little faster, perhaps in a more oxidative way. It has character and a touch of earthy rusticity, with great concentration, perhaps not as elegant as some of the other wines I tasted next to it. 2,000 half-liter bottles produced.”
94 points, Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate