Bodegas Toro Albalá

Poley Amontillado en Rama Solera 35 Year

Region: Spain - Andulucia

Bodegas Toro Albalá

Founded in 1844, this prestigious family estate is located in Aguilar de la Frontera in the P.O.D Montilla-Moriles zone.  Antonio Sánchez, the third generation of the family, owns the estate today.

One of the largest Andalusian viticulture zones, the region is known for the production of Fino and the cultivation of Pedro Ximénez grape. There is a 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.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Estate vineyards in the Moriles Altos subzone of D.O. Montilla-Moriles.

  • Soils: Chalky white Albariza
  • Climate: Hot, dry summers
Harvest Notes
  • Created with the winery’s original 1922 solera
  • Wine ages biologically under veil of flor yeast for 10 years in American oak butts
  • Flor begins to weaken and lose its protection
  • Oxidative aging for a long, slow period of at least 25 years
Winemaker's Notes

This extremely old wine proceeds from the winery’s foundational Solera, when José María Toro Albalá began to produce wines in Lagar del Carmen in 1922. Amber that tints the glass with copper tones. Very intense spicy and woody aromas are joined by fine pastry notes. A refreshing saline influence, nuttiness with hints of raisined fruits. Mineral and saline palate, dry and sharp. Refined, beautifully long and bitter finish with aromatic wood notes.

Wine Summary

100% Pedro Ximénez; alcohol: 21%; vineyards in the Moriles Altos subzone of D.O. Montilla-Moriles; chalky white albariza soils; created with winery’s original 1922 solera; wine ages biologically under veil of flor yeast 10 years in American oak butts; flor weakens and long, slow oxidative aging for at least 25 years.

Technical Information
  • 100% Pedro Ximénez
  • Alcohol: 21%

Reviews

93 Points

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

© Wine Advocate, September, 2022

95 Points

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

Decanter, November, 2023

General Info

COUNTRY SPAIN
REGION ANDULUCIA
APPELLATION D.O. Montilla-Moriles
PROPRIETORS  Antonio Sanchez Romero
FOUNDED 1844
WINEMAKER Francisco Capote
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.