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Alión

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Elegance and modernity, a worthy member of the Vega Sicilia family

Alión
Red wine Barrel. 14 months in French oak barrels.
Variety: Tinto Fino
Designation of Origin: D.O. Ribera del Duero
Production area: Castilla y León
Winery: Alión
Volume: 75 cl.
Alcohol: 14.5%
Red wine Barrel. 14 months in French oak barrels.
Variety: Tinto Fino
D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)
Winery: Alión
Volume: 75 cl.
Alcohol: 14.5%
Fruity
Spicy
Young
Barrel
Light
Body

Characteristics of Alión

Alión is one of the most important and sought-after wines from the Ribera del Duero. It is a single-variety Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) made by the Alión winery, which is part of the outstanding Tempos Vega Sicilia winemaking group.

The Alión grapes grow just 15 kilometres from the Vega Sicilia vineyards, they come from plots with an average age of 30 years old and are harvested manually and collected in 12 kg boxes, then taken immediately to the winery to pass over the selection table. The must ferments in wooden tanks at a controlled temperature until the right amount of extraction has taken place to provide the characteristic colour and structure. The wine is aged in new French oak Bordeaux barrels for between 14 and 20 months, depending on the vintage.

These barrels are made by prestigious French coopers and are not used again by the winery after the wine has been bottled, where it rests for at least 15 months to round off.

The name Alión refers to the part of Leon where the father of the Álvarez family was born. The family acquired Vega Sicilia in 1982, and vinified the first Alión crops. In 1993, the crop was given its own winery and was no longer known as the little brother of the renowned Vega Sicilia wines, becoming a modern wine that is very different the classic style of Ribera del Duero wines. This gave it its own reputation and today it is one of the best known and most sought-after wines across the world.
Serve at 18ºC
Contains sulphites
We recommend decanting before consumption
Pairing
Semi-mature Cheese, Game animals, Beans and pulses, Small game, Stews, Roasted red meats

Tasting notes Alión

Alión is a fleshy, complex and intense red wine that reveals an aromatic range of red fruits with notes of fine toasted wood. The ripe black and red fruits reappear on the palate, accompanied by a sweet tannin and a creaminess from the aging process. This is a powerful and fleshy wine with a long and elegant finish.
After the withering in a mild winter, the warm start of spring brought sprouting forward by almost 10 days. The summer, which was quite cool and dry, enabled the good evolution of the growth cycle and a balanced ripening. This was a vintage without setbacks. Worth mentioning is the high production of this vintage due to good climatic behaviour during the harvest. The wines from this vintage have great colour intensity, and a high fruity expression on the nose and in the mouth. Their balance and tannic potential stand out; these features show us the great potential to produce great wines for ageing, and for lighter and fruitier productions.
This was a complicated year. Although the sprouting of the vines was slightly early, the low temperatures recorded during the spring delayed the growth cycle, which no longer recovered in the summer, despite having a warm month of July. The harvest was carried out at a fast pace, and with the extra effort of the viticulturers, who discarded the fruit that did not meet the optimal conditions. This way, they made sure that they avoided the probable effect of the botrytis attacks due to the rains they had around this time. The wines from this vintage, rated as a good one, offer good colour intensity, great fruit expression and a lot of freshness.
Regarding climate, the 2012 vintage started with the sprouting of the vines in the beginning of spring with the cooler temperatures. In May, generous rainfall and high temperatures gave way to a generalised drought throughout the summer. Luckily, the rains started at the onset of the ripening. The precipitations at the beginning of October, and the nice temperatures during the harvest, resulted in the a uniform phenolic ripening. The wines from this vintage have a good alcoholic strength, balanced by moderate levels of acidity, with a good colour and phenolic intensity, and a suitable level of tannins, all important features for a perfect ageing.
Sight Concentrated colour that is dark but a bright and seductive rim, from its few years of youth but seasoned wood. Nose The aroma reveals a rare intensity of the wines from Denomination Ribera del Duero. There are roasted nuances of grape and toasted luxury wood aromas. Taste On the palate, sweet tannins of concentrated black fruit combined with sweet and creamy tannins from French oak. It is flavourful, powerful, and fleshy with a display of truly evocative nuances.
Sight Dark cherry colour with violet reflections. Clean and bright wine with a high robe. Slightly coloured tears. Nose Clean and very intense nasal aromas which show a good balance between the intense notes of ripe red and black fruit and the nice toasted notes. Abundant spicy nuances (vanilla, nutmeg, pepper) are noticed along with some good notes of tobacco, soft hints of cocoa, a subtle mineral touch and light balsamic nuances which complete a serious, complex and elegant nose. 
Taste It shows a good mid palate with a great load of fruit notes, well balanced with the subtle notes of wood and some spicy hints. Its mid palate is tasty, fleshy and expressive. It has sweet and refined tannins, still quite drying. Good acidity which provides a deep and crispy wine. Long and very persistent finish. One of the greatest Spanish wines.
Sight Dark cherry colour with violet reflections. Clean and bright wine with a high robe. Dense and very slow-falling tears. Nose Clean and very intense nasal aromas which show a good balance between the intense notes of ripe red and black fruit and the nice toasted notes, which progressively turn into roasted aromas. Abundant spicy nuances (vanilla, nutmeg, pepper) are noticed along with some good notes of tobacco and leather and a subtle mineral hint. Taste Powerful and embracing attack. It shows a good load of fruit notes, well integrated notes of wood and some spicy hints. Its mid palate is tasty, fleshy and expressive. Sweet, polished and unctuous tannins and a good acidity. Great structure. Long and persistent finish.
Sight Ruby red colour with maroon rim. High robe, clean and bright with slow-falling tears staining the glass. Nose Good intensity. Initially aromas of its ageing appear that gradually give way to spicy, balsamic and mineral notes. Red and black ripe fruit slowly emerges in the background. Well-balanced, ripe and expressive. Taste Honest and voluminous on the palate. Medium-bodied with good acidity and very intense, ripe tannins. Not too long a finish but very persistent. Sweet roasted and smoky notes at retro-olfaction.
Sight Dark cherry red with violet trims. High and shiny robe. Dense and very slow tears. Nose Intense aromas of ripe black fruit which emerge together with notes of roasted and different spices (vanilla, nutmeg, pepper), a note of snuff and a subtle mineral touch. Taste Powerful attack that fills the mouth. Lots of fruit, with well integrated wood and spicy flavours. Very tasty, meaty and expressive mid palate. Polished and creamy tannins. Long, persistent finish. All this features turn it into a round wine.
Sight The color is concentrated, dark, bright and seductive edge, denotes his youth. Nose The aroma is revealed with an intensity rare in the wines of the Ribera del Duero Designation. Are the nuances of roasted grapes and toasted wood luxury. Taste The palate, concentrated tannins of black fruit combined with sweet tannins and creamy French oak. It is tasty, powerful, meaty, with a truly impressive display of hues.

Ratings

  • Parker 93
  • Peñin 93
  • Suckling 96
  • Decántalo 94
  • Parker 94
  • Peñin 94
  • Decanter 93
  • Parker 94
  • Peñin 93
  • Suckling 94
  • Decanter 89
  • Decántalo 94
  • Parker 95
  • Peñin 94
  • Decántalo 96
  • Parker 94
  • Peñin 95
  • Decántalo 97
  • Parker 93
  • Peñin 95
  • Decántalo 94
  • Parker 95
  • Peñin 92
  • Winespectator 90
  • Decántalo 94
  • Parker 94
  • Peñin 94
  • Winespectator 88
  • Decántalo 93
  • Parker 94
  • Peñin 94
  • Decántalo 93
  • Peñin 96

Ratings for the vintages from D.O. Ribera del Duero

2017 Very good
2016 Very good
2015 Excellent
2014 Very good
2013 Good
2012 Very good
2011 Excellent
2010 Excellent
2009 Excellent
2008 Very good
2007 Very good
2006 Good
2005 Very good
2004 Excellent
2003 Very good
2002 Very good
2001 Very good
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    12/03/18 Alión 2014 Good wine pricing at the high end
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