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577. Equipo Navazos, La Bota de Amontillado No. 23 Sherry, NV (2011)

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Book 4 Wine 577
£45.75 / 50cl; 21%

More from Navazos, and pretty good too. Pale-medium amber, with a broad, watery rim. When cold, smoky, slightly meaty / rubbery – more than walnut marzipan, but hard to describe. Some fresh shoe leather and hints of peel. On warming, coconut, vanillin and fresh-cut wood, with high-quality honey on the ‘aftersmell’ in the empty glass. On the palate, when cold, a similar flavour profile to the aroma, with added chilli pepper alcohol, and notable saltiness. Long rancio-laced finish. Gradually, ripe lemon juice and even coffee emerge, with a finish that becomes fruitier too: just-ripe white peach and grapefruit. When warm, shoe leather and black pepper, with an almost curry-like note on ‘breathing back’ – similar to the commentary on the back label. Complex. Good.

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