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“Bota Punta”, saca of December 2013
DO Jerez-Xérès-Sherry
21.5% alc. - 375ml
Bodega: Gaspar Florido / Pedro Romero
Sanlúcar de Barrameda
Gaspar Florido used to market two very old wines sourced from their soleras at
their old cellaring facility at calle Rubiños, in the heart of the "Barrio" in Sanlúcar
de Barrameda. When they decided to seize the real estate fever and sell their
urban bodegas they had to move those butts to a shabby facility on the road from
Sanlúcar to Trebujena. There is where we had the opportunity to sample them for
the first time, on a visit with Álvaro Girón to already old Gaspar in June 2006. We
were very positively impressed by their quality and consistency, especially in
contrast with the lack of distinction--to put it mildly--of the context there and then.
There were quite a few butts of the outstanding GF-25 and only a few of GF-30, a
very old and absolutely spectacular wine. It is precisely from the latter that this La
Bota de Palo Cortado nº 48 "Bota Punta" is sourced. In fact it comes from a
sister cask of the one from which we extracted our La Bota de Palo Cortado nº 41
"Bota NO" ten months before.
Only a few months later, early in 2007, Bodegas Pedro Romero purchased
Gaspar Florido, and since then they have remained marketing GF-25 under the
usual label "Jerez Viejísimo". In Gaspar's opinion--perhaps questionable but not
lacking solid ground--such wines see how the distinctive features of amontillado,
palo cortado and oloroso are blurred by their very age. That is why he used to
label it simply "Jerez", which after all merely honors the sanluqueña tradition of
referring to the local palo cortado as "jerez cortado". It is indeed a very old palo
cortado, and so we have labeled it as such.
Today these butts are stored at the Sacristía of Pedro Romero, back to the
heart of the "Barrio" and actually very near their original location. There is where
we had the opportunity to revisit them and sample them exhaustively in order to
select our favorites for these editions of "La Bota": it is again a truly extraordinary
wine for its unlikely balance between sheer authenticity, concentration, and
finesse; genuinely amazing, with so much character and personality. And of
course, it belongs to the higher echelon of traditional Andalusian wines--which is
as much as to say the greatest wines in the world.