A stunning sherry that sits halfway between a 'fino' and an 'amontillado'
Winemaker's note: "This is a new release of La Bota de Fino "que va para Amontillado", like the one we bottled three years ago as # 24, at about the same time a change in legislation precluded the traditional name given by producers and connoisseurs to this type of wine: FIno Amontillado. We are therefore forced to use this periphrasis and explain that this is a fino on its way toward becoming an Amontillado. In any case, what really matters here is that we are talking about an impressive old fino that can transmit like few other wines the admirable chalky terroir of the best vineyards in the Sierra de Montilla.
The wine is sourced from the oldest fino solera at Pérez Barquero's Bodega Los Amigos: a total of 63 butts arranged "en tercera" and of which this time we have selected about one half. We were after a different and peculiar profile, and so we opted for those butts that displayed more incipient amontillado character--while retaining their nature as fino, as shown by the alcoholic content of the wine, which is only slightly above 15% alc. In many ways this La Bota de Fino (Amontillado) nº 45 offers a certain parallelism with previous releases of La Bota de Manzanilla Pasada, though retaining its singular character.
Telltale notes of early stages of amontillamiento, as well as the concentration of aromas and flavors, evidence its notable age—estimated above 20 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.
La Bota de Fino (Amontillado) 45 is a fascinating wine, deep and elegant, as well as exceptionally versatile on the dinner table. Bottled in June 2013, unfined and virtually unfiltered, its beautiful golden color is the one it exhibits straight from the butt.