1955 Bodegas Toro Albala Don PX Convento Seleccion

Pedro Ximenez - 375ML
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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.

The 1955 Bodegas Toro Albala Don PX Convento Seleccion is a white wine crafted from the Pedro Ximenez varietal, originating from the Montilla Moriles sub-region in Andalucia, Spain. This wine, produced by Bodegas Toro Albala, is noted for being a distinctive and aged expression of its kind, offering an alcohol content of 16.5%.

According to a review by Luis Gutierrez for Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, the wine was bottled in September 2014 after an extended aging process in very old American oak barrels. This aging allowed the wine to become thick and concentrated through evaporation, resulting in a substantial 320 grams of residual sugar balanced by 6.5 grams of acidity.

Gutierrez's tasting notes describe the wine as having a complex bouquet and palate, featuring dominant aromas of dark chocolate, complemented by chocolate-covered candied orange, spices, and molasses. He notes that it is very dense and continues to develop additional layers of flavor over time, including highly concentrated licorice, balsamic, mint, camphor, and even evolving petrol notes. Gutierrez praises the wine as "complex, rare and unique," and awards it an impressive score of 98 points.

The 1955 Don PX Convento Seleccion is sealed with a cork and is described as a white wine despite its deep, rich characteristics more commonly associated with dessert wines. This Pedro Ximenez offers a unique sensory experience due to its extensive aging process and the meticulous care taken in its production.

In summary, the 1955 Bodegas Toro Albala Don PX Convento Seleccion is a standout wine that has garnered high praise from critics for its complexity and depth. Luis Gutierrez of Robert Parker's Wine Advocate highlights its dense and evolving flavors, awarding it a near-perfect score, which underscores its status as an exceptional and rare offering from Bodegas Toro Albala.