Toro Albala Amontillado Viejisimo Montilla-Moriles

SKU #1087955 92 points Wine & Spirits

 The soft texture of this Amontillado, along with a subtle sweetness, converts it into an approachable wine, seemingly easy to understand. With air, the complexity of its flavors appears, bringing in notes of green olives and salted nuts that contrast the caramelized finish. Not at all tiring, on the contrary, this invites another sip. For smoked trout.  (6/2011)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Potent, woody and on the heavy side, with char, maple and nutty caramel aromas. The palate is big, concentrated and balanced, with intense nut, butter and dried citrus flavors. Rich and weighty on the finish, with toffee and toasted nut flavors to ponder.  (10/2011)

Wine Spectator

 ...From a solera established in 1922, producing about 1,000 cases per year.  (11/1999)

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Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2012 | Send Email
I’ve always wanted to taste a Montilla wine that was as good as or better than those originating in Jerez, and hot-diggity, I’ve finally found one! This is a great amontillado, I’d say, provenance aside. There is plenty of spice, both sweet and hot, cigar tobacco, and a dried fruit aspect that is an intriguing compromise between new leather and figs and dates. Yeah; you might also find some toasted nut character in the mix, but it isn’t foremost. The most salient feature here, to my mind, is the simultaneous intensity and buoyancy of the flavors. It expresses sweetness without being sweet and is ample without seeming heavy. (Perhaps this owes something to 21% abv?) The finish wouldn’t quit even if, perversely, you tried to shoo it away. Delicious!

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