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BODEGAS TORO ALBALá


Region: Andalucía
Appellation: D.O. Montilla-Moriles
City: Aguilar de la Frontera
Winery Website: www.toroalbala.com
Winery GPS Coordinates: 37° 30.65', -4°39.08'

OVERVIEW

Founded in 1844, occupying Aguilar de la Frontera's former power station in 1922. In 1970 Toro Albalá was the first Montilla producer to commercialize bottled dessert Pedro Ximénez and remains the world's only specialist in 100% Vintage PX. Impeccable and authentic Fino, Amontillado and Oloroso containing only the natural alcohol from fermentation are produced by the classic solera method.

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HISTORY

This prestigious family estate was founded in 1844 in Aguilar de la Frontera by the great-grandfather of current owner Antonio Sánchez. In 1922 José María Toro Albalá moved the facilities to the current location in Aguilar’s old power station, introducing updated technologies and establishing Toro Albalá as Montilla’s quality leader. In 1970, Toro Albalá became the first Montilla producer to bottle Dessert Pedro Ximénez—a product historically sold in bulk to producers and shippers in D.O. Jerez-Xérès-Sherry for aging and blending. Toro Albalá remains the world’s only specialist in the commercialization of 100% Vintage Dessert PX, their Gran Reserva aged a minimum of 25 years in barrel before release.

Bodegas Toro Albalá owns significant vineyard acreage in Aguilar de la Frontera and Moriles, exclusively Pedro Ximénez vines planted in chalky-white albariza soils. Grapes from older head-pruned vines are destined to the meticulous production of vintage dessert wines, whereas newer wire-trained vineyards provide fresher fruit with brighter acids for the production of impeccably clean, complex and smooth Fino, Amontillado and Oloroso containing only the natural alcohol from fermentation.

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PRESS

Eléctrico Fino del Lagar - "Montilla Moriles is often forgotten or ignored next to the sherries of Jerez, its Andalucian neighbor. The finos of Montilla Moriles seem similar to fino sherries, even though they are made with a different grape, Pedro Ximenez, rather than palomino. The Electrico from Toro Albala shares the fino aromatic qualities of nuts and chamomile, but it is a touch fruitier, though still dry and refreshing. Try it with ham or chicken biryani. 20 Wines Under 20 Dollars - Postcards From Around the World"


Eric Asimov, New York Times, Jan 28, 2021

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Marqués de Poley Oloroso - "This Oloroso has plenty of caramel character. Quite supple and mellow, until a touch of bitterness comes through at the finish. Drink now."

90 Points
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Oct 8, 2018

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Eléctrico Fino del Lagar - "An attractive, fino-type wine with the salty character of this style married to plenty of candied pear aroma. Powerful, slightly tannic finish. Pure pedro xime?nez."

92 Points
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Oct 8, 2018

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Marqués de Poley Viejísimo - Amontillado Solera 1922 - "I love the caramelized nuts and dried apricots on the nose. Mouth-filling and rich with a ton of nutty character on the palate, plus some tannins that are covered nicely by the richness. Pure pedro xime?nez. Drink now."

93 Points
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, Oct 8, 2018

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Don PX Cosecha Vieja (1973) - "The bouquet of this reminds me of a century-old Madeira and, although it is as dense as motor oil, breathtaking acidity gives this astonishing freshness for 45 years of age (which is also reminiscent of Madeira). Take your time to explore all the subtleties of this amazing sweet wine, or just savor it with tarte tatin! Drink or hold."

94 Points
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, Oct 8, 2018

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Don PX Gran Reserva (1988) - "In spite of its age and the opaque, mahogany color, this has remarkable vitality. Lush, raisin character and a silky, creamy texture on the palate. The acidity lifts the rich finish nicely. Drink or hold."

93 Points
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Oct 8, 2018

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Don PX Convento (1931) - "This is a crazy sweet wine with incredible aromas of toffee, brown sugar, maple syrup, and burnt orange. Black colored with green tint around the edge. Full body, with an incredible viscous and dense texture. So very sweet with dried raisins, sultanas and toffee. Unique experience. Bottled in 2014. Drink forever."

95 Points
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, Oct 8, 2018

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Marqués de Poley Viejísimo - Amontillado Solera 1922 - "Lots of smoked almonds, dried orange peel and a lightly smoky finish. Turns better. Full body, dense and oily. Dry. Drink now."

93 Points
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, Jul 24, 2017

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Don PX Cosecha Vieja (1973) - "This wine is like syrup with molasses, espresso, burnt orange and toffee character. Full body, dense and oily. So sweet. Try a thimble full. Drink now."

94 Points
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, Jul 24, 2017

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Don PX Pedro Ximénez (2015) - "This is a beautiful Pedro Ximénez with toffee, chocolate and coffee undertones. Some walnuts. Full body, very dense and sweet with persistent and impressive finish. Drink now."

92 Points
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, Jul 24, 2017

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Eléctrico Fino 3 Fases - "Pretty dry fino with almond, pear skin and apple character. Medium to full body. Dry and vivid. Flavorful finish. Nice combination of fruit and flor character. Drink now. Screw cap. "

92 Points
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, Jul 24, 2017

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Eléctrico Fino del Lagar - "Very dry and vivid fino with a cement, salted nut and dried lemon character. Medium body, attractive fruit and a clean finish. Drink now."

92 Points
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Jul 24, 2017

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Don PX Gran Reserva (1987) - "This is very fresh and dense with dried orange peel, toffee and caramel aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, very sweet and flavorful. Maple syrup aftertaste. Fascinating sweet wine. Drink now."

93 Points
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Jul 24, 2017

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Don PX Cosecha Vieja (1973) - "Lifted aromas of orange peel and flora overlay concentrated banana, treacle, caramel, licorice and honey. There is a savoury richness underneath extreme sweetness on the palate, coffee essence, creamy vanilla, and immensely long toffee and honey finish."

97 Points, Platinum Award
Decanter, World Wine Awards, May 25, 2017

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Don PX Gran Reserva (1987) - "Heady, enticing treacly nose, notes of molasses, dried banana, coffee, figs and walnuts. Immensely concentrated palate, buttery toffee, spice, aniseed and refreshing acidity on leafy long finish."

95 Points, Gold Award
Decanter, World Wine Awards, May 25, 2017

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Don PX Gran Reserva (1986) - "This dark brown dessert wine is actually a sherry. You would never guess this wine is made from a white grape. While it is not for everyone, those that tried it liked its style and flavors, loved it. It opens with a with an appealing raisin bouquet with hints of brown bread and fig. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, creamy and smooth. The flavor profile is plum and ripe raisin blend with notes of coffee nips, olives and molasses. The finish is dry and fades away nicely. The tasting panel was enamored by this unique wine. They suggested pairing it with a slice of pecan pie. Enjoy – KWGTP"

92 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Aug 1, 2016

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Don PX Reserva Especial (1947) - "A gorgeous Spanish dessert wine, the Bodegas Toro Albalá 1947 Don PX Reserva Especial Pedro Ximénez (93 points, $258) is coffee-colored and backed by lush deep aromas of fig, caramel, toffee and prune. Treat this as a digestif or a very expensive (but worth it) topping for vanilla ice cream. And keep this in mind: Whatever you don't drink can replace maple syrup atop pancakes or French toast the next morning."

After the Feast
Glasses of Cheer, Wine Enthusiast, Dec 1, 2013

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Don PX Reserva Especial (1947) - "This gorgeous dessert wine shows a coffee-colored tint that's backed by lush, deep aromas of fig, caramel, toffee and prune. The palate shows weight but a refined mouth- feel that's not sticky or heavy. Flavors of coffee, mo- cha, chocolate, caramel, peanut brittle and prune finish warm and long. Only 43 cases made. Classical Wines. Editors' Choice."

93 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Oct 1, 2013

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Don PX Pedro Ximénez (2008) - "Colour: dark mahogany. Nose: cocoa bean, sweet spices, fruit liqueur notes, honeyed notes. Palate: spirituous, flavourful, toasty, spicy, balanced."

90 Points
Guía Peñín, Jun 1, 2013

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Don PX Gran Reserva (1985) - "Colour: dark mahogany. Nose: complex, expressive, floral, blasamic herbs, balanced, dried fruit, fruit liqueur notes. Palate: full, flavourful, elegant, unctuous."

94 Points
Guía Peñín, Jun 1, 2013

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Don PX Gran Reserva (1982) - "More like a syrup than a wine, this has an unctuous texture, hitting with notes of caramel that slowly melt into smoky, saline flavors. A wine to drink in small sips or to glaze beef ribs."

93 Points
Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits, Jun 1, 2011

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Marqués de Poley Viejísimo - Amontillado Solera 1922 - "The soft texture of this Amontillado, along with a subtle sweetness, converts it into an approachable wine, seemingly easy to understand. With air, the complexity of its flavors appears, bringing in notes of green olives and salted nuts that contrast the caramelized finish. Not at all tiring, on the contrary, this invites another sip. For smoked trout."

92 Points
Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits, Jun 1, 2011

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Marqués de Poley Viejísimo - Amontillado Solera 1922 (1922) - "Made from pedro ximénez, this is succulent and powerful. The acidity is firm, spreading salty and iodine notes over a lightly caramelized base. Enjoy it with salted almonds."

90 Points
Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits, Oct 1, 2008

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Don PX Gran Reserva (1979) - "Aromas of fresh fig and roses pick up treacle and smoke notes in this distinctive fortified wine. It's mellow, and it remains persistent through the long finish. Drink now."

90 Points
Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, Jan 1, 2008

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Don PX Pedro Ximénez (2004) - "Supersweet, but also high in alcohol, lending a rustic cast to it. Butterscotch, lexia raisin and smoke flavors are concentrated and linger on the finish. Drink now."

88 Points
Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, Jan 1, 2008

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Don PX Gran Reserva (1979) - "From just outside of Jerez comes this savory-sweet wine with thick dried fig, green olive and wild herb flavors. -3 stars"


Jamal A. Rayyis, Food & Wine, Wine Guide, Dec 31, 2007

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Don PX Pedro Ximénez (2004) - "Ultra concentrated and sticky, with unctuous but wholesome raisin aromas taken to a level that's almost heavenly. In the mouth, the maple, cinnamon and brown sugar flavors are lusty and satisfying, and the finish never ends. This is P.X. in awesome form. "

93 Points Editor's Choice
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Nov 30, 2007

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La Noria PX Certified Organic Pedro Ximénez (2003) - "Thick, cloying and intensely sweet. Full of raisin and caramel flavors. Coats the palate, fading gracefully with raisin, spice and chocolate accents. Drink now."

90 Points
Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, Nov 15, 2006

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Don PX Pedro Ximénez Gran Reserva (1971) - "Ebony-tinged, high-acid wine with intense flavors of sweet blackberry, camphor and papaya that give this a long finish."

***
Jamal A. Rayyis, Food & Wine, Wine Guide 2007, Oct 1, 2006

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Don PX Pedro Ximénez Gran Reserva (1971) - "Don PX Gran Reserva 1971 - Outstanding dessert wine, extremely concentrated, intense molasses, raisin and caramel flavors; expensive at $40 and way underpriced for the quality."

****1/2
Michael Lonsford, The Houston Chronicle, May 1, 2006

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Don PX Pedro Ximénez Gran Reserva (1971) - "Almost black, yet this is light and lively, with molasses, bitter chocolate, raisin and mineral aromas and flavors. Well-balanced and integrated, it's fresh and long on the finish."

93 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Nov 15, 2005

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Don PX Convento (1959) - "Dark and brooding in color, this is surprisingly fresh and light, combining both fresh and dried fig, grape, raisin and molasses aromas and flavors. Fine balance and length."

92 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Nov 15, 2005

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Don PX Pedro Ximénez Gran Reserva (2002) - "More dried fruit than fresh fruit aromas and flavors, this shows fig, raisin, caramel, and chocolate matched to a big frame. Viscous and concentrated, with a hint of tar on the finish."

90 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Nov 15, 2005

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Don PX Convento (1972) - "Black as coal and thick as engine oil, this is nevertheless thrillingly alive, balancing savory against sweet with elegant dexterity. Dried tangerine and date dominate the flavors, but the hint of beef broth and rosemary lurk there, too, lasting long into the finish; throughout, the vivid acidity keeps everything lifted above the massive sweetness"

92 Points
Ray Isle, Wine & Spirits Magazine, Apr 1, 2005

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Don PX Pedro Ximénez Gran Reserva (1971) - "Fruitier than the PX above, this runs a citrus scale from tangerine to orange to almost lemony acidity; but the sweet richness underneath is more like blackstrap molasses. It looks like molasses, too, but don't be daunted. Try serving it with mandarin orange sorbet ."

90 Points
Ray Isle, Wine & Spirits Magazine, Apr 1, 2005

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Don PX Pedro Ximénez Gran Reserva (1975) - "Literally thick as molasses, black mahogany in color (even though the grapes started out white), and with an electifying sweetness suggestive of caramel, dark brown sugar, raisins, and roasted nuts, Don PX Gran Reserva is one of the most unique dessert wine experiences you could ever have. In fact, this should probably be considered dessert, period, not a dessert wine, for you won't need anything to go along."


Karen McNeil, The Wine Lover's Calendar 2004, Oct 1, 2003

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Don PX Pedro Ximénez Gran Reserva (1975) - "Atypical. A little spritz in both the aroma and palate gives the raisin, mint and chocolate flavors a hard edge, yet a freshness too, balancing the concentration and leaving an impression of lightness on the finish."

90 Points
Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, Sep 30, 2002

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WINES

Click on a wine name below to learn more about the vintage:

Don PX Bacchus (1939)

Don PX Convento (1959)

Don PX Convento (1946)

Don PX Ginés Liébana (1910)

Don PX Gran Reserva (1999)

Don PX Gran Reserva (1994)

Don PX Gran Reserva (1990)

Don PX Gran Reserva (1988)

Don PX Gran Reserva (1987)

Don PX Gran Reserva (1986)

Don PX Gran Reserva (1985)

Don PX Gran Reserva (1983)

Don PX Gran Reserva (1982)

Don PX Marqués de Poley (1945)

Don PX Pedro Ximénez (2017)

Don PX Pedro Ximénez (2016)

Don PX Pedro Ximénez (2015)

Don PX Pedro Ximénez (2014)

Don PX Pedro Ximénez (2012)

Don PX Pedro Ximénez (2010)

Don PX Reserva Especial (1966)

Don PX Reserva Especial (1962)

Don PX Reserva Especial (1949)

Eléctrico Fino 3 Fases

Eléctrico Fino del Lagar

Marqués de Poley Amontillado Viejísimo

Marqués de Poley Cream PX

Marqués de Poley Oloroso

Marqués de Poley Viejísimo - Amontillado Solera 1922

Toro Albalá Cream PX

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