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Amontillado, Convento Seleccion,Toro Albala - 1952

  • Provenance: Andalousia
  • Appellation: Montilla-Moriles
  • Domain: Toro Albala
  • Grape variety(ies): Pedro ximenez
  • On-call time: 100 years
  • Style of wine: Vin de méditation
  • Alcohol degree: 22%
Amber in colour with golden hues, this great wine is an archetypal amontillado, with its smoky character and bright notes of roasted hazelnut, tobacco leaves and sandalwood. The bouquet is opulent and contrasts with a very dry, lively and powerful palate. Its length is impressive, as always with the great oxidative wines of long ageing, as is its apotheosis finish on toasted and empyreumatic notes that call to mind the greatest Cuban cigars aged for a long time, in the manner of the wine. Wine Advocate, Luis Guttiérez: 95/100
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The amontillado is the result of oxidative enrichment obtained following the ageing of what is initially a Fino, i.e. a wine with a veil of yeast, aged for a long time in old oak barrels.

Suggestions for accompaniment

A great wine for meditation, to be drunk on its own or with great dry cheeses such as Manchego, Peccorino, old Gouda.

The Andalusian vineyards are divided into several appellations, including Montilla-Moriles, which certainly has the oldest vineyards in the region, as it was already prosperous in Roman times. The climate here is continental, very warm, with short winters and low rainfall. The harvest begins in mid-August and is the earliest in Spain. The king grape variety is Pedro Ximenez (PX), which is vinified into dry or sweet wines in oxidative modes, with long to very long maturation. Located in the village of Aguilar de la Frontera, 50 kilometres from Cordoba, the estate was founded in 1844 by Antonio Sánchez Prieto. In 1922, José Toro Albala, who had a passion for both wine and archaeology, restored and moved the winery to the old power station in Aguilar, with its large underground warehouses ideal for storing wine. For almost a century, the winery produced wine to be aged in its cellars, but without bottling it. Things changed at the end of the 20th century with the birth of the first vintages. For some years now, Antonio Sanchez Romero has been at the helm of the winery, creating unique jewels without losing sight of the essence of his estate, the Pedro Ximenez: an extraordinary grape variety. A true romantic character, he is also a great oenologist, with encyclopaedic knowledge and a lively and always inventive personality. His wines reflect this.

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