"This is truly impressive"
La Bota De Manzanilla Pasada #90 Capataz Cabo

Posted by Joe Salamone

The Manzanilla Pasada bottlings from Equipo Navazos are some of the most profound wines that sherry country has to offer.

Few wines anywhere offer the sort of nuance and depth that their Manzanilla Pasadas do.

photo of bottle ofLa Bota Manzanilla Pasada Capataz Cabo #90 NV 750

Today, we're very happy to have another opportunity to offer the Manzanilla Pasada #90 for $58.95 on bottles and $54.95 in 3-packs.

Jesús Barquin, a sherry scholar and one of La Bota's founders, was in the store several years ago and said this about the solera that the Manzanilla Pasada originates from: "This is very special. I don't know of anything else like it in sherry country." I once tasted through nearly all of the 15 barrels that make up the solera and it was one of the most memorable tastings I've ever taken part in.

What's amazing is that the solera had never been commercialized until La Bota unearthed it. For decades, the "Capataz" (the bodega foreman) kept it going by drawing small amounts of wine and refreshing it to keep the flor (yeasts) alive. He couldn't let Manzanilla of such incredible quality go.

Manzanilla Pasadas exist in a liminal stage between energetic Manzanillas and deeper and darker Amontillados. What results is a thrilling saline cut with a mesmerizing depth of complexity. Just to put some numbers to all of this, whereas most Manzanillas are between three to four years old, these boast an average age of around 15 years.

The Manzanilla Pasada #90 is incredibly complicated and finessed. There's a riveting chalky energy, regal explosiveness, and a seemingly endless procession of savory notes.

Equipo Navazos' Manzanilla Pasadas are legendary around Crush. I've tasted each release, often many years after the original release, and the wine is never anything short of being mind-bendingly impressive.

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

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Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate: "Editions 87, 88 and 89 are spirits, so we jump to the extraordinary NV La Bota de Manzanilla Pasada 90 Capataz Cabo, a wine that comes from a solera filled with wine from Sanlúcar, mostly from the Pago Miraflores, that averages ten years under flor and a further five years topped up. This is a blend of different casks, as it was done in editions 10, 30 and 59. These wines are bottled in 750-milliliter bottles, which is different from the single-cask ones, which are put in half-liter bottles. This is nuttier than the regular Manzanilla and even nuttier than the majority of Manzanilla Pasada, keeping the saline and marine character, hints of iodine and low tide, but also something floral and more ethereal. The palate is super expressive and explosive, pungent and nuanced, with very pure and long-lasting flavors. Really impressive. It should be bottled by the time this report comes out. This is truly impressive and should make a monumental wine. 2,500 bottles to be produced."