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Bodegas Toro Albalá

Don PX Gran Reserva 1995

Price: $81.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Bodegas Toro Albalá
Vintage Year: 1995
Country: Spain
Region: Andalucía
Appellation: D.O. Montilla-Moriles


Select lots of Pedro Ximénez are destined for oak barrels, sealed and left for decades in single-vintage state. After a minimum of 20 years, vintages are selected for release only when they have attained classic character. Opaque, black mahogany color with a caramel-like bite.

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Don PX Gran Reserva (1988) - "In spite of its age and the opaque, mahogany color, this has remarkable vitality. Lush, raisin character and a silky, creamy texture on the palate. The acidity lifts the rich finish nicely. Drink or hold."

93 Points
James Suckling,, Oct 8, 2018

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Don PX Gran Reserva (1987) - "Heady, enticing treacly nose, notes of molasses, dried banana, coffee, figs and walnuts. Immensely concentrated palate, buttery toffee, spice, aniseed and refreshing acidity on leafy long finish."

95 Points, Gold Award
Decanter, World Wine Awards, May 25, 2017

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Don PX Gran Reserva (1987) - "This is very fresh and dense with dried orange peel, toffee and caramel aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, very sweet and flavorful. Maple syrup aftertaste. Fascinating sweet wine. Drink now."

93 Points
James Suckling,, Jul 24, 2017

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Don PX Gran Reserva (1986) - "This dark brown dessert wine is actually a sherry. You would never guess this wine is made from a white grape. While it is not for everyone, those that tried it liked its style and flavors, loved it. It opens with a with an appealing raisin bouquet with hints of brown bread and fig. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, creamy and smooth. The flavor profile is plum and ripe raisin blend with notes of coffee nips, olives and molasses. The finish is dry and fades away nicely. The tasting panel was enamored by this unique wine. They suggested pairing it with a slice of pecan pie. Enjoy – KWGTP"

92 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Aug 1, 2016

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Don PX Gran Reserva (1985) - "Colour: dark mahogany. Nose: complex, expressive, floral, blasamic herbs, balanced, dried fruit, fruit liqueur notes. Palate: full, flavourful, elegant, unctuous."

94 Points
Guía Peñín, Jun 1, 2013

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Don PX Gran Reserva (1982) - "More like a syrup than a wine, this has an unctuous texture, hitting with notes of caramel that slowly melt into smoky, saline flavors. A wine to drink in small sips or to glaze beef ribs."

93 Points
Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits, Jun 1, 2011

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Don PX Gran Reserva (1979) - "Aromas of fresh fig and roses pick up treacle and smoke notes in this distinctive fortified wine. It's mellow, and it remains persistent through the long finish. Drink now."

90 Points
Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, Jan 1, 2008

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Don PX Gran Reserva (1979) - "From just outside of Jerez comes this savory-sweet wine with thick dried fig, green olive and wild herb flavors. -3 stars"

Jamal A. Rayyis, Food & Wine, Wine Guide, Dec 31, 2007

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Overview: Founded in 1844, occupying Aguilar de la Frontera's former power station in 1922. In 1970 Toro Albalá was the first Montilla producer to commercialize bottled dessert Pedro Ximénez 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 produced by the classic solera method.

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History: This prestigious family estate was founded in 1844 in Aguilar de la Frontera by the great-grandfather of current owner Antonio Sánchez. In 1922 José María Toro Albalá moved the facilities to the current location in Aguilar’s old power station, introducing updated technologies and establishing Toro Albalá as Montilla’s quality leader. In 1970, Toro Albalá became the first Montilla producer to bottle Dessert Pedro Ximénez—a product historically sold in bulk to producers and shippers in D.O. Jerez-Xérès-Sherry for aging and blending. Toro Albalá remains the world’s only specialist in the commercialization of 100% Vintage Dessert PX, their Gran Reserva aged a minimum of 25 years in barrel before release.

Bodegas Toro Albalá owns significant vineyard acreage in Aguilar de la Frontera and Moriles, exclusively Pedro Ximénez vines planted in chalky-white albariza soils. Grapes from older head-pruned vines are destined to the meticulous production of vintage dessert wines, whereas newer wire-trained vineyards provide fresher fruit with brighter acids for the production of impeccably clean, complex and smooth Fino, Amontillado and Oloroso containing only the natural alcohol from fermentation.

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