We have visited Bodegas Toro Albalá on 3 occasions now and during our lastest visit in March this year a we bought a bottle of the Marqués de Poley Amontillado to take home to review . This was the memorable visit when we were honoured to spend time with Antonio Sánchez Romero, renowned oenologist and proprietor of the bodega, and his lifelong friends.
Marques de Poley Amontillado Viejísimo Solera 1922 is produced from 100% Pedro Ximénez grapes. It is initially biological aged under flor followed by oxidative ageing in a solera of American oak casks. This wine has an average age of 35 years and is 21% ABV.
Appearance: Brilliant, vivid, clear, amber colour with greenish hues/hints.
Nose: Intense and complex wine, spicy aromas, dried fruit, tobacco, toasty, chocolate and coffee.
Palate: Very persistent, powerful and salty entrance, middle is more powerful and with a bitter finish. Very intense aftertaste.
Nose: Toasted sugared almonds. Baked apple pie with toffee and lemon curd. Some vanilla and dark cocoa with hints of cloves, orange peel and pistachios
Palate: Starts off woody with bitter almonds and a slight saltiness. Finishes with pineapple and peach.
Another fabulous example of an Amontillado from the region that gave this style of wine to the neighbouring DO Jerez-Sherry.
Where does the name Marqués de Poley originate?
Our assumption of the name of this wine is all to do with the history of the town the bodega is located in.
Poley or Bulay was the Muslim name of the town until the Christian conquest under Fernando III in 1240. In 1257 the name changed to Aguilar with “de la Frontera”, “of the border”, added in the late middle ages due to it’s proximity to the border of Granada.