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Bodegas Toro Albalá

Don PX Reserva Especial 1962

Price: $335.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Bodegas Toro Albalá
Vintage Year: 1962
Highest Rating: 95pts ( Wine Advocate)
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 25 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 Reserva Especial (1966) - "Black in color. The aromatics fill the room with scents of figs, dates, caramel, toffee, and other candied fruits. The wine is amazingly intense and long and a remarkable achievement. "

96 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 1, 2007

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Don PX Reserva Especial (1962) - "The 1962 Don PX Reserva Especial is pitch black, dense as (used) motor oil, medicinal and balsamic, with a grassy nose of licorice, black olives, roasted coffee, smoke and ash, very intense and expressive in the palate, spicy (nutmeg) with incredible length, perhaps not as integrated as the 49 and 46. These wines have to be tasted to be believed. It was bottled after 49 years aging in bota. Drink 2013-2040."

95 Points
Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, Aug 1, 2013

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Don PX Reserva Especial (1949) - "The 1949 Don PX Reserva Especial differs from the other old wines from the winery as it is less dark, it even has a (very dark) translucent tone compared with the others, maybe because it has 2% more alcohol. It feels incredibly elegant and balanced, fresher in comparison than the beasts from 1962 and 1946, medicinal, full of spicy notes of cinnamon, cloves, a touch of ash, and the smell of an antique shop. The palate is fluid, sweet and fresh. Putting a drinking window to these wines feels a bit silly. You should drink it whenever you have the occasion. Drink 2013-2040."

97 Points
Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, Aug 1, 2013

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Don PX Reserva Especial (1947) - "A gorgeous Spanish dessert wine, the Bodegas Toro Albalá 1947 Don PX Reserva Especial Pedro Ximénez (93 points, $258) is coffee-colored and backed by lush deep aromas of fig, caramel, toffee and prune. Treat this as a digestif or a very expensive (but worth it) topping for vanilla ice cream. And keep this in mind: Whatever you don't drink can replace maple syrup atop pancakes or French toast the next morning."

After the Feast
Glasses of Cheer, Wine Enthusiast, Dec 1, 2013

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Don PX Reserva Especial (1947) - "This gorgeous dessert wine shows a coffee-colored tint that's backed by lush, deep aromas of fig, caramel, toffee and prune. The palate shows weight but a refined mouth- feel that's not sticky or heavy. Flavors of coffee, mo- cha, chocolate, caramel, peanut brittle and prune finish warm and long. Only 43 cases made. Classical Wines. Editors' Choice."

93 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Oct 1, 2013

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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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Don PX Reserva Especial (1947)

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