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.
Names have changed and all labels are new; they are all named Poley and have a reference to the number of average years the wines have spent in the solera, like the NV Poley Amontillado en Rama Solera 35 Años. It has 21% alcohol and 35 years of average age, 15 years under flor and the rest topped up in an oxidative way. It’s salty, sharp and pungent, with flavors of saltpeter, iron and iodine, finishing dry, long and with a salty twist. It’s pungent, complex and very long. All Poley wines now come in 500-milliliter bottles. 2022 – 2035
Toro Albalá is famed for its aged sweet wines, but its dry wines are also excellent. The Poley range is wonderfully intense. With 35 years this amontillado had some 15 years under flor, and then was aged oxidatively. It is lively and intense, and pungent, with a basket of flavours from red berries through spices to minerals and salinity. Poley refers to the original name of the town where the bodega is based. 2023 – 2030