A Fino on its first steps toward becoming an Amontillado, a wine traditionally labeled by winemakers and connoisseurs as Fino Amontillado—no matter how unfavorable the current legislation seems to be toward this ancient category.
La Bota No 85, Fino Amontillado
Bottle size: 750 ml,
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In The Cellar
Sourced from the oldest fino solera in Pérez Barquero’s Bodega Los Amigos: a total of 63 butts located in third row, of which they had the proveledge they opted for those butts that most clearly showed an incipient amontillamiento while preserving the fino character. This is an old wine that expresses like no other, through the action of time, the stunning chalky soils of the best Pedro Ximénez vineyards in the Montilla ridge. Telltale notes of early stages of amontillamiento, as well as the concentration of aromas and flavors, evidence its notable age—estimated ca. 12-14 years. But there is no question this is still a fino, aged under a fragile layer of flor that time has darkened, weakened, and partly torn into patches.
It is a truly old fino, with an estimated average age of around 12-14 years, in which the grain is already weak and dark. In various aspects, this wine is the Cordovan equivalent of EQUIPO NAVAZOS' La Bota de Manzanilla Pasada, of course with its own personality inherent to the differences in terroir, grape variety and winery culture between Sanlúcar and Montilla.