Bodegas Toro Albala is considered to be one of the country’s best Sherry bodegas. Located in the village of Aguilar de la Frontera, 50km from Cordoba, Bodegas Toro Albala was founded in 1944 by Antonio Sanchez Prieto in a mill named La Noria, near the castle of this village. In 1922, Jose Toro Albala restored the former electric power station of Aguilar and moved the winery to this place (14,000 m2). It has a network of tunnels, which are perfect for the ageing and conservation of dry wines-hence the name of Eléctrico (electrical) of some. In fact, in the city of Cordoba there are two sayings: ‘Electrify me’ and ‘What is the voltage of the wine?’
Quality is the bodegas’ first and only rule. Winemaker Antonio Sanchez Romero says he treats his wines ‘as if they were unique handmade jewellery, giving them originality and letting time have the last word’. Antonio has filled the bodegas with imagination and euphoria: the wonderful PX that can keep the lushness and sweetness of the raisins has given him unanimous recognition. Antonio studied Oenology in Bordeaux and Seville, working for a freelance laboratory for 40 years and, afterwards, took up his position at the family-owned Bodegas Toro Albala. He has won many awards in Jerez and Montilla-Moriles.
Harvested at the end of August, Pedro Ximenez grapes are taken from sandy ground and are left to dry under the sun for about 10 days. The grapes are then pressed and the resulting wine is a sweet grape juice, to which, after partial fermentation, first-class wine alcohol is added. It settles for at least one year in stainless tanks/container for decantation since this wine is not subjected to filtration. The young Pedro Ximenez wine is then subjected to oxidative ageing for a minimum of 25 years in American oak.
Bodegas Toro Albala age the wine for a minimum of 25 years and, in case of this vintage 1983, it has been aged for 29 years, in American oak.
You don’t need to swirl the glass to discover the great aromatic potential of this sherry. With a frank smell, it has a wide range of fragrances such as tobacco, cacao cream, liquorice and rosemary, black olive, peach syrup, Arabic coffee, vanilla and cinnamon. It is elegant, complete, easy to sip but long-finishing, with both sweet and bitter notes. A fine match with rich chocolate desserts, ice cream or blue cheese.