EQUIPO NAVAZOS AND THE PROJECT “LA BOTA DE…”
The story of EQUIPO NAVAZOS is the story of a passion, a passion shared by an ample group of lovers and connoisseurs of traditional Andalusian wines. Aware of the sleeping treasures that rested buried in the cellars of Jerez, Sanlúcar and El Puerto, as well as in and around Montilla, we decided to rescue some of these jewels. In 2005 we started to select specific butts of special finesse and complexity and to bottle them in very limited series, at the beginning only privately for our own enjoyment and that of friends from Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom and the U.S., mostly people from the wine world: oenologists, wine writers, distributors, sommeliers, as well as deeply knowledgeable aficionados.
It all began in December of 2005 during a visit to a small and antique bodega in Sanlúcar, when these Sherry lovers “discovered” several dozen butts o fan exceptionally fine old amontillado that had spent twenty years without running, unsold. They selected the equivalent volume of a butt and bottled it privately under a brand name that evokes Edgar A. Poe’s popular story “The Cask of Amontillado”: La Bota de Amontillado "Navazos". These scarce 600 bottles triggered the hunting activities of EQUIPO NAVAZOS (‘Navazos Team’). Another two selections, still exclusively intended for private circulation, would appear along 2006. The results aroused great enthusiasm among this reduced circle of partners, and limited releases of later selections appeared in the market through several important distributors that had participated in the venture from the beginning.
Since the summer of 2007, backed by the enthusiastic support of a small number of good friends who are also distributors and importers, a small amount of these bottles is made available for the general public: La Bota de Amontillado "Navazos", La Bota de Fino "Macharnudo Alto", La Bota de Palo Cortado "Bota Punta", La Bota de Manzanilla, etc.
Later, the number of bottles in circulation has increased, always within the boundaries of an artisanal approach: a few thousands of bottles at the most, sometimes a few hundreds only. Also, EQUIPO NAVAZOS have increasingly involved in the different phases of production, working closely with the producers from the very vineyard sometimes, and even by partnering with friend winemakers in the development of some specific wines and brandies made under our direction.
The wines of the series La Bota are bottled in limited series, in successive numbered editions of dated releases (the date of each saca or withdrawal has been precisely stated on the label) so that aficionados can deliberately compare different editions of the same solera if they so desire. This also enables a precise following of their evolution, since—like all great wines—these are expected to evolve during their bottle life. The first editions were made available exclusively within a private circle, so, should you find any one around by chance, its origin will be invariably the reduced quota of one in the thirty or so private “partners” whose support and enthusiasm have made this thrilling project possible.
Many thanks to Prof. Dr. Ernesto Suárez Toste
for his invaluable help in the English version of this web
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