TORO ALBALA DON PX 1994 (HALF BOTTLE 375ML)

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Luis Gutierrez
SKU
TAPC199401 UCAU
$62.99 Per item
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375ml (Half Bottle)
$62.99 Per item
Toro Albalá put aside select lots of their best vintage wines for later release under this label. These rich and complex Pedro Ximénez wines are destined for very long ageing in oak barrels. After filling and sealing, these barrels are left for decades in their single-vintage state. It's during this slow maturation that the wines undertake their delicious, savoury transformation (through controlled exposure to oxygen) which brings the nutty, iodine, rancio characters that infinitely complexes the sweet, fruit cakey wine and also somehow gives a greater impression of freshness. Naturally, as the wines age, they concentrate in flavour and texture, the colour darkens and the mouthfeel thickens and yet at the same time something more vibrant emerges as the levels of acidity also rise. With close to 30 years in barrel, the 1994 is absolutely singing. The perfume is lifted and reminds not only of raisins and liquorice but also of geranium and fresh grape seeds. The palate is thick and sweet yet so complex, with crushed raisin, ground coffee, bitter chocolate and roasted almond rancio notes. It perfumes the mouth from minutes after swallowing. 387 grams of residual. Keeps forever once opened. Stunning value.
Toro Albalá put aside select lots of their best vintage wines for later release under this label. These rich and complex Pedro Ximénez wines are destined for very long ageing in oak barrels. After filling and sealing, these barrels are left for decades in their single-vintage state. It's during this slow maturation that the wines undertake their delicious, savoury transformation (through controlled exposure to oxygen) which brings the nutty, iodine, rancio characters that infinitely complexes the sweet, fruit cakey wine and also somehow gives a greater impression of freshness. Naturally, as the wines age, they concentrate in flavour and texture, the colour darkens and the mouthfeel thickens and yet at the same time something more vibrant emerges as the levels of acidity also rise. With close to 30 years in barrel, the 1994 is absolutely singing. The perfume is lifted and reminds not only of raisins and liquorice but also of geranium and fresh grape seeds. The palate is thick and sweet yet so complex, with crushed raisin, ground coffee, bitter chocolate and roasted almond rancio notes. It perfumes the mouth from minutes after swallowing. 387 grams of residual. Keeps forever once opened. Stunning value.

Scores & Reviews

93 / 100

Luis Gutierrez

(1990 vintage) The 1990 Don PX Gran Reserva has unusually high sugar, close to 400 grams (when this range is usually less than 360). Compared with the rest of the wines, this feels like a very good value. These wines mature in old 550-liter American oak casks for decades, and the wines have great concentration. It felt unusually perfumed, a little spirity and with notes that made me think of Moscatel--notes of orange peel and flowers, and of course the raisin and dry dates and figs from these wines made with raisins. It's sweet and dense like motor oil and leaves a combination of raisins and chocolate in the spicy and faintly warm finish. This was bottled in early 2019.