Equipo Navazos & Niepoort Navazos Niepoort Blanco 2020


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“The 2020 Navazos-Niepoort is still quite young and a little fruit driven. 2020 was a low-yielding year with a wet summer (lots of botrytis in Sanlúcar, but not in Jerez). This is a lighter vintage, with less grip (and without the two extra years in bottle the 2018 that I tasted next to it has). These might seem like light wines, but they age much better than we all expected, and the quality of the vintage is easier to see after years in bottle. The first vintage, the 2008, is still going strong today. 5,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in 2021. Drink: 2023-2028. 92 points

Equipo Navazos keeps churning out bottlings of incredible wines of high-quality sherries. I had not tasted their wines for a while, so there were a lot of wines to taste. During the pandemic years, they celebrated their 15th anniversary and 100th new wine (either with a new name or a new vintage). I have now tasted up to their 118th wine… They have been really influential, almost inventing and recovering styles and a type of project that others are now following. They have also branched into more spirits, vermouth and even vinegar, which I didn’t taste!”

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (09/22)