Toro Albala – Museum Release – Mahogany Display Box – 6 Bottles 1931 to 1973 200ml

$900.00

Mixed box of 6 units: a 200ml bottle of each vintage. Each pack comes in a wooden presentation box made from African mahogany.

1931 Toro Albalá Don PX Pedro Ximénez Convento Selección:

“If someone told you they kept a wine for 84 years in barrel before bottling, you’d think they are nuts, right? Well, that’s what the folks at Toro Albalá in Aguilar de la Frontera – in the province of Cordoba, part of the Montilla Moriles appellation – did with their 1931 Don PX Convento Selección. This is part of what they call ‘vinos olvidados,’ which means ‘forgotten wines.’ The border is amber, with green tints that denote very old age. Such old age provides an array of unusual aromas and flavors, including iodine and salt that compensate the sweetness (403 grams) and even the alcohol (18%). It’s terribly balsamic, with notes of dry herbs and spices, cigar ash, carob beans (algarrobas), incense and noble woods. The palate is very, very sweet and concentrated, unctuous, dense, with a chewy texture. This goes beyond a glass of wine, a drop of it is like having a piece of cake. I don’t think this reaches the complexity and depth of the 1946, which remains the benchmark for these old sweet PX, but it’s truly terrific! 9,650 bottles were filled in June 2015.” 98 points, Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate #224

 

1955 Toro Albalá Don PX Pedro Ximénez Convento Selección

“One more single-harvest, old sweet wine, the 1955 Don PX Convento Selección was bottled in September 2014 and it had been aged slowly in very old American oak barrels and getting thick and concentrated through evaporation. It’s 320 grams of sugar are (partially) compensated by 6.5 grams of acidity. It has a nose and palate of chocolate-covered candied orange, spices, molasses. I’d say the dominant aromas in the nose are dark chocolate. It’s very dense, developing notes of very concentrated licorice and balsamic, mint, camphor and evolving notes of petrol with time. Complex, rare and unique.” 98 points, Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate #216

 

1965 Toro Albalá Don PX Pedro Ximénez Selección

“Small lots of old vintages are released following no apparent logic, like this 1965 Don PX Selección, which is produced with white Pedro Ximénez grapes but it’s black rather than white, bottled in June 2014 with 290 grams of residual sugar. It has a nose of pure curry, aromas of an Indian restaurant, very balanced, not as sweet as others, in fact it’s more bittersweet than sweet, combining the spices with bitter chocolate and with very good acidity that makes it relatively easy to drink.” 97 points, Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate #216

 

1968 Toro Albalá Don PX Pedro Ximénez Selección

“Going up the ladder of age, concentration, complexity (and price), the 1968 Don PX Selección aged in American oak butts for some 47 years before bottling, and was never blended with any other vintage. The wine has 340 grams of unfermented sugar and higher acidity given its age, as evaporation in barrel concentrates everything. This is somehow less dense and more pungent than the other old sweet wines, with more spices, lots of cinnamon and cocoa powder. It’s more fluid, somehow lighter, and with some notes reminiscent of oloroso and even amontillado. There were 6,900 liters of this wine, which was bottled in various formats, including magnums, three and six liter bottles.” 94 points, Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate #224

 

1973 Toro Albalá Don PX Cosecha Vieja

“The 1973 Don PX [Cosecha Vieja] is part of a new range of more accessible old wines, not as extreme as the Convento or Convento Selección ranges of extremely old wines. This is slightly lighter in the palate with a little less sugar, some 320 grams per liter. The vineyards that produced these grapes do not exist today; they were on very soft marls soils. The dehydrated grapes fermented between 3% and 9% and then the wine was fortified and today bottled at 17%. It’s somehow reminiscent of the 1987, very perfumed and aromatic, a little exotic, with even some minty notes. The palate is very concentrated, round, with an oily texture that fills your mouth.” 95 points, Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate #224

 

1951 Toro Albalá Amontillado Selección

“My favorite of the two Amontillados is the 1951 Amontillado Selección a rare, single-vintage Amontillado produced with Pedro Ximénez grapes as is the norm in Montilla-Moriles. It’s a bright mahogany color with an amber-green tint that reveals pharmaceutical notes and balsamic, with roasted, charred aromas and a sweetish palate that retains the sharpness expected in this kind of wine. It is lacking a bit in the mid-palate before ending with a slightly bitter, tarry finish. This is completely different to an Amontillado from Jerez.” 95 points, Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate #216

More Information

Founded in 1844, Toro Albalá is arguably the best producer of Pedro Ximenez in the world today with the finest vineyard holdings in Montilla (the region for Pedro) and the oldest stocks. Toro Albalá was the first Montilla producer to commercialize bottled, dessert-styled Pedro Ximénez (in 1970) 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 also produced by the classic solera method.

Bodegas Toro Albalá owns significant vineyard acreage in Aguilar de la Frontera and Moriles; planted exclusively to Pedro Ximénez vines that are planted in the chalky-white, albariza soils. Grapes from the older bush vines are destined for the vintage dessert wines, whereas newer wire-trained vineyards provide fresher fruit with brighter acids for the production of the dryer styles. These are all wonderful wines, full of character and power. The sweet Pedro’s have to be tasted to be believed and the prices speak for themselves.

“Toro Albalá from Montilla-Moriles keeps releasing small lots of very old vintage-dated sweet Pedro Ximénez and this time I also tasted a couple of dry, old, vintage-dated Amontillados of mindboggling quality.” Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate

“[Toro Albalá]… own 45ha of vines and may be small, but the wines are exemplary. The international fame of the bodega probably rests on the quality of its fabulous old PX dulces, including legendary vintage wines…” John Radford, The New Spain

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