Founded in 2005, Equipo Navazos hunts for special casks throughout Jerez and neighboring regions, and bottles them in a numbered series. The name? Their first release was titled 'La Bota de Amontillado Navazos,' a fanciful nod to Edgar Allan Poe's famous 'Cask of the Amontillado.'
The idea of numbering the series is practical, and reminds me of the recent push for labeling Champagnes with disgorgement dates. When you number a solera product, you can reference the bottling date and accurately track bottle evolution.
This Palo Cortado from Sanlúcar de Barrameda was bottled in February 2013 by
Gaspar Florido / Pedro Romero. Pedro Romero bodega dates back to 1860 and is currently run by 6th generation family members. They recently absorbed a few other bodegas, including Gaspar Florido.
The wine is the color of light coffee, highly complex nose, aromatics of coffee, caramel, underbrush. Tart and bright on the palate. Really an interesting sherry.