95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The older of the two Palo Cortados I tasted in this sitting was the NV La Bota de Palo Cortado 72 'Pata de Gallina,' bottled at an average age of 35 years (it would qualify for a VORS if they wanted) and of Jerez origin. It was sourced from the Almacenista Juan García Jarana and then matured in the Fernando de Castilla winery. It spent some 30 years in a solera of casks filled to 5/6 of their volume and the last five years untouched in six 500-liter butts that belong to Equipo Navazos in the cellars of Fernando de Castilla. It's powerful and elegant, with the oxidative style more present. This is surprisingly elegant, with lots of finesse, nuances and character and a very long, tasty finish. Number 34 was an earlier edition of this same wine. 2,000 half-liter bottles in were filled in January 2017."
93 points Wine Spectator
"Pretty peanut, toffee, sesame, burnt orange peel and walnut notes mingle here. Echoes of green tea and ginger permeate the finish. Mixes a rounded edge with a taut, nervy spine. Drink now."
"Bottled January 2017. From a selection made more than five years ago among the finest casks of oxidative wine. The average age of this wine is 30 years.
Pale apricot gold. Rich, apricot and bitter orange fruit aromas with a smoky, yeasty overlay, that smokiness a bit like lapsang. Unbelievably intense and concentrated. Stops you in your tracks and makes it hard to taste anything afterwards. Endless and increasingly complex in the glass. There’s bitter-sweetness, though it is dry, and a depth that is classic Palo Cortado. The finish is bitter toffee and apricot. But dry. 19/20 points. (JH)
Vinous Reverie Notes
A powerful if extremely elegant Palo Cortado, sourced from oxidative wines. That is the other way to achieve a true palo cortado: wines of remarkable finesse and expressiveness, with very complex nose blending aromas of amontillado and oloroso, plus citrus notes of orange peel. La Bota de Palo Cortado 72 “Pata de Gallina” comes from a selection we made more than five years ago among the finest casks of oxidative wine owned by Almacenista Juan García Jarana. A previous release was made, La Bota de Palo Cortado 34 “Pata de Gallina”, bottled in 2012 after a short period of fining in a small solera of Equipo Navazos settled at Fernando de Castilla. Since then the wine has aged for five more years in the same tiny solera (locally, ‘altarillo’, for ‘little altar’) that bears our stamp. The average age of this wine is 30 years.