1955 Bodegas Toro Albala Don PX Convento Seleccion

Pedro Ximenez - 375ML
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WA 98
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2014

One more single-harvest, old sweet wine, the 1955 Don PX Convento Selección was bottled in September 2014 and it had been aged slowly in very old American oak barrels and getting thick and concentrated through...


Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Pedro Ximenez
Country Spain
Region Andalucia
Sub-region Montilla Moriles
Vintage 1955
Size 375ML
Percent alcohol 16.5%
Closure Cork

Bodegas Toro Albala is one of the Top 100 Spanish Gold Wineries of the 21st century, located right in Cordoba’s charming countryside in the Montilla-Moriles region. It was established in 1922 by Jose María Toro Albalá, but its roots date back to an estate that was founded in 1844 by Albalá's grandfather, Antonio Sánchez Prieto. One of the first to produce single-variety bottlings of Pedro Ximenez, today they are world-renowned for the varietal, offering some of the best examples including vintage dated, single-vineyard releases.

Their Pedro Ximenez wines stand out for their unrivalled artisanal nature: from their extended oak aging (some dating back to before the Spanish Civil War), to their handcrafted labels. An endless number of international awards and reviews endorse these wines which have already conquered many international markets.

Antonio Sanchez Romero, oenologist and owner of the company, aims to preserve the highest quality standards established by his predecessors at Bodegas Toro Albala. In addition to wine, Romero introduced aged vinegar, and Arrope syrup made from the Pedro Ximenez grape to the portfolio.

The vintage-dated Don PX Convento Seleccion is produced with sun-dried Pedro Ximenez grapes before extended aging in American oak barrels. Unlike sherry produced in the solera method, the wine is never topped and over time, deepens and concentrates into an incredibly complex dessert wine. There is no time limit for wine storage and it improves with age even in an opened bottle. This wine should be stored in a cool, dry place away from light and direct heat.

This stunning 1955 Bodegas Toro Albala Don PX Convento Seleccion is a true gem from the Montilla Moriles region of Andalucia, Spain. Crafted from the Pedro Ximenez varietal, this white wine is a testament to the artistry and dedication of Bodegas Toro Albala.

In the glass, this wine showcases a beautiful deep amber hue, reminiscent of aged cognac. The color alone hints at the complexity and depth that awaits the palate. With an alcohol content of 16.5%, this wine is not for the faint of heart.

On the nose, the 1955 Don PX Convento Seleccion exudes an intoxicating aroma of chocolate-covered candied orange, spices, and molasses. The dominant scent is that of dark chocolate, which adds a luxurious and decadent touch to the overall profile. As the wine opens up, notes of very concentrated licorice and balsamic emerge, along with hints of mint, camphor, and even a touch of petrol. This bouquet is a true sensory experience, inviting you to dive deeper into its complexities.

Upon the first sip, the palate is greeted with a rich and velvety texture, coating every taste bud with its luscious sweetness. The 320 grams of residual sugar are beautifully balanced by 6.5 grams of acidity, resulting in a harmonious and well-structured wine. Flavors of chocolate, candied orange, and spices are complemented by evolving notes of petrol, further adding to the wine's complexity. The finish is long and lingering, leaving behind a trail of memories.

Rated an impressive 98 points by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, this 1955 Don PX Convento Seleccion is truly a rare and unique find. Bottled in September 2014 after aging slowly in very old American oak barrels, this wine has developed a remarkable concentration and depth through evaporation.

For those seeking an extraordinary wine experience, this 1955 Bodegas Toro Albala Don PX Convento Seleccion is a must-try. Its complexity, rareness, and unique flavor profile make it a standout choice for wine enthusiasts and collectors alike.