The pungent and marine NV La Bota de Manzanilla 55 is one new bottling of a Manzanilla from seven years of aging under flor in the Barrio Bajo in Sanlúcar, from the Sánchez Ayala winery with a really pungent aroma, the character of this particular winery, really high acetaldehyde, a sub-product of the biological aging, for me a textbook, pungent Manzanilla, that won't please the drinker of light, over filtered, industrial Manzanillas. The palate is medium-bodied with very intense, sharp flavors. This is ready to be enjoyed now, but it will develop a different personality in bottle, which you might like or not. (LG)
Wonderfully aromatic – positively piercing! Great smoky, bready finish. Really flies up the air. Beautifully creamy texture. So dry and appetising on the finish. Easy to see a relationship between this and long-aged champagne somehow. Long and creamy. A throat-caresser. 18/20 points (JR)
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