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Bodegas Toro Albalá

Poley Amontillado en Rama Solera 35 yr

Price: $90.00 (average US retail)
Size: 500ml
Winery: Bodegas Toro Albalá
Country: Spain
Region: Andalucía
Appellation: D.O. Montilla-Moriles


This extremely old wine proceeds from the foundational Solera, when Jose Maria Toro Albala began to produce wines in Lagar del Carmen in the early twentieth century. The wine develops subtlely and slowly. Time induces its transformation, spending over thirty five years in oak. Great intensity with an explosion of nut, dried fruit and leather aromas carry through on an endless finish. Only natural fermentation and extended low humidity aging produce this exceptional concentration.

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Poley Amontillado en Rama Solera 35 yr - "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 a Amontillado. It has 21 percent alcohol and 35 years of average age, 15 years under flor and the rest topped up in an oxidative way. It is salty, sharp and pungent, with flavors of saltpeter, iron and iodine, finishing dry, long and with a salty twist. It is pungent, complex and very long. All Poley wines now come in 500milliliter bottles. There's no clear indication of saca or bottling date. 2022 - 2030"

93 points
Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate, Sep 8, 2022

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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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