Bodegas Toro Albalá
This prestigious family estate was founded in 1844 in Aguilar de la Frontera, located in the P.O.D Montilla-Moriles zone, by the great-grandfather of current owner Antonio Sánchez. It’s part of one of the largest Andalusian viticulture zones, known for the production of Fino, the cultivation of Pedro Ximénez grape and the considerable presence of albariza soils.
In 1922, José María Toro Albalá moved to the current location in Aguilar’s old power station, introducing updated technologies and establishing Toro Albalá as a leader in Montilla. Toro Albalá became the first Montilla producer to bottle Dessert Pedro Ximénez in 1970, a product historically sold in bulk to producers and shippers in D.O. Jerez-Xérès-Sherry for aging and blending.
Toro Albalá is recognized as one of the greatest producers of Vintage Don PX, with the Gran Reserva spending a minimum of 25 years in barrel before release.
Curiously enough, the 1999 Don PX, which has 17% alcohol and 402 grams of sugar, feels lighter and less concentrated than the 2002 I tasted next to it. And the wine seems more perfumed, even with a floral touch that at times reminded me of Moscatel, and it has some sweet spices, vanilla and cinnamon. It’s tasty, showy and easy to drink, velvety and seamless, with a soft texture. 12,000 bottles and 20,000 half bottles were filled at different times, but these wines evolve at a very slow pace and there should be no difference between bottlings. 2022 – 2028