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.
Estate vineyards in D.O. Montilla-Moriles.
- Soils: Chalky white Albariza
- Climate: Hot, dry summers
- Hand harvested
- Special fino butts that take a unique path from others
- Veil of flor weakens very early in these American oak butts
- Oxidative aging begins and proceeds for at least 25 years
A wine with a special and unique character. Amber with copper and greenish reflections. Very intense aromas of tobacco leaves, wood, pepper and clove, with notes of citrus peel and fine pastries. Walnut and hazelnut nuances. Mouth-filling, well defined acidity that evolves towards salinity. Intense and elegant.
100% Pedro Ximénez; alcohol: 20%; estate vineyards in D.O. Montilla-Moriles; special American oak fino butts that lose veil of flor quite early for a short biological aging; oxidative aging begins and continues for at least 25 years.
- 100% Pedro Ximénez
- Alcohol: 20%
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 Palo Cortado en Rama Solera 25 Años a Palo Cortado, which has 20% alcohol and 25 years of average age. It’s nutty, spirity and peachy, with a touch of varnish and a sleek palate, pungent and moderately bitter, very pleasant to drink. All Poley wines now come in 500-milliliter bottles. There’s no clear indication of saca or bottling date. 2022 – 2028
|PROPRIETORS||Antonio Sanchez Romero|
|ANNUAL PRODUCTION||8,333 9L cases sweet wine; 16,666 9L cases dry wine|
|FARMING (SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC)||No chemicals are used, all vineyards are dry farmed.|