Don PX – Sherry from Montilla-Moriles

Finally, after Corona, for the first time there was a tasting with winemakers and other fellow tasters. The Spanish economic and trade department ICEX invited to the Charles Hotel in Munich, where the Spanish Wine Fair 2021 entitled Wine in Motions took place on October 11th. 22 wineries were represented, one of which caught my attention as it had wines made exclusively from Pedro Ximénez (PX). A grape variety that is grown in southern Spain, mainly in the Andalusian region of Montilla-Moriles, and is mainly used there and in Jerez for the production of sherry.

The Bodega Toro Albalá, founded in Córdoba in 1922, is very well known in Spain and internationally, at least since the time when Robert Parker rated its Convento Selección 1946 with 100 points. The winery offered at the fair three sweet specimens of a Gran Reserva called Don PX from 1999, 1980 and 1958 for tasting. I would have liked to have tasted all three at the booth, but after tasting the Don PX Gran Reserva 1999, I did not succeed in drawing so much attention to myself to communicate my wish, so that it remained with the tasting of the 1999 Don PX. This was made from PX grapes harvested in mid-August, which had been dried in the sun for 7 to 9 days to increase the sugar concentration. The wine matured in American oak for a total of 20 years.

Don PX Gran Reserva 1999, Toro Albalá (Tasted Wines)
Dark brown. Raisin, dates, fig, herbaceous, spicy notes, delicately bitter herb candy, caramel and a little chocolate, noticeable sweetness. Very good wine.

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