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A Vertical of Bodegas Toro Albalá Pedro Ximénez Vintages

The Palacio de la Merced

The XXXIV Cata del Vino was held next to the Palacio de la Merced, Córdoba in April this year.  Organised by the Consejo Regulador of D.O. Montilla-Moriles, this annual event also presents the opportunity to attend wine tastings organised by several of the region’s bodegas.

This tasting was held in one of the rooms within the Palacio de la Merced, adjacent to the Cata del Vino marquee.

At the time we had no idea what we would be tasting but what a treat we had in store.

In the tasting room during our 1st visit in May 2016 to Bodegas Toro Albalá

We are very familiar with the bodega having visited them on three occasions, May & September 2016 and again in March this year. Read about our 1st visit here.

Pilar and the 4 wines we tasted during her presentation

Pilar took us through the history of the bodega, the viticultural conditions, especially the soil and climate in the Moriles Alto, that allow them to grow the best quality Pedro Ximénez grapes used to produce their wines.

Here are our brief tasting notes for the wines we tried all of which were produced using a static oxidative ageing system in American oak casks: –

Don PX Gran Reserva 1987 17%

Nose:  Tobacco, caramel and stewed plums.

Palate: Coffee and cocoa.

Don PX Vieja Consecho 1973 17%

Darker in colour than the 1987.

Nose: Tobacco, Treacle and some strawberry fruit.

Palate: Spicy, coffee with slight red fruit and orange.

Don PX Selección 1965 16.5%

Lighter in colour.

Nose: Dates and mandarins.

Palate: Liquid chocolate orange.

Don PX 1955 16.5%

Darker in colour.

Nose: More subtle softer notes than the 1973 with coffee and chocolate.

Palate: Slightly spicy with more subtle orange and a long finish.

It was a huge privilege and honour to taste these pieces of liquid history.

Many thanks to Pilar, Bodegas Toro Albalá and the team from Consejo Regulador for organising this fabulous tasting.

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