The 1946 Don PX Convento Seleccion produced with Pedro Ximenez grapes dehydrated under the sun at the time of the Second World War, was only bottled in September 2011. This is an extreme wine, my first descriptor was ultra-mega-super concentrated. It is unbelievably powerful, both in the nose and the palate, full of umami, with sweet cinnamon, Christmas cake, camphor, petrol, lemongrass, Belgian chocolate and butter. Incredibly complex and rich, sweet, balanced and smooth in the palate, it is both very sweet and somehow salty, and with time it develops a black olive note. It combines the texture of the 1962 and the elegance of the 1949. It is as decadent as it gets. 825 bottles were produced. This wine will survive all of us. These wines are kept for generations and offered in very small quantities, but it’s amazing that you can still buy and drink something so old, and I’m even tempted to say that it might represent good value for what it is. A real tour de force sweet wine. Drink it if you ever have the privilege to do so from 2013-2060.
Bodegas Toro Albala plays an important role in the history of sherry. Being the first producer to commercialize Pedro Ximenez as a single variety wine, the winery expanded drastically and quickly and now makes a range of high-end wines. It all began in the countryside of Cordoba, Spain in 1922 when a farmer by the name of Jose Maria Toro Albala began aging wines. Until the 1930s, Fino wines were the most popular among Andalusian workers at the local bars. The winery was located on what used to be a power plant and the workers would joke that the wine possessed electricity, giving the famous nickname “Electrico” to the fino wines. By the 1960s, winemaker and nephew of Jose, Antonio Sanchez, took over and began giving his own identity to the brand. With steady quality and a standard flavor profile, his specialties have become the aromatic amontillados and unrivaled Don Pedro Ximénez wines.
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