2016 Bodegas Alion
|Origin||Spain, Ribera del Duero|
Lovely perfumed nose. Violets and soft red fruit. Palate is open and loose feeling. There is lots of generous ripe red fruit and some thin dark lines keep it measured. A whiff of meat adds great depth too. Rich and sweet - but not fat or thick in any way. Easy and juicily attractive but just serious enough to make you stop and think. This will be joyous almost immediately. L&S (Dec 2019)
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The highly anticipated 2016 Alión spent 12 months in oak barrels, 80% of them new and built mainly with French oak but with some 5% American oak, and some 10% of the volume matured in 15,000-liter concrete vats. It hits the scale at 15% alcohol and has moderate acidity, showing ripe black fruit and a creamy texture. 2016 has to be one of the freshest and most elegant vintages of Alión, a year with depth, freshness and terrific balance. Same as they do in Pintia, they are finding ways to lower the impact of the oak in the wine; here, they used concrete, and the wine shows more primary and floral aromas and is nicely textured and with fine tannins. 258,458 bottles, 7,017 magnums and some larger formats produced. It was bottled in June 2018. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 Rating: 95 Luis Gutierrez, www.robertparker.com(Dec 2019)
Opulent and open with a generous nose and demonstrative palate, this is a stunning Alión and it is already plain to see that this is going got be a star. There is a huge whoosh of cassis here and it is perfectly balanced with fit, mouth-watering tannins. When Alión is on form, I don’t feel the need to climb the ladder any further, because it hits the Vega button while giving one a more flirtatious and forward-drinking experience and this is genius. In this year’s release, there is every reason to climb the ladder, as you will see when you read on, but I will be staying here and also buying this wine, too, because it is genuinely superb. Rating: 18+ Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com(Dec 2019)
Alion is Vega Sicilia's property in Ribera del Duero, planted exclusively with Tempranillo Tinto Fino. The idea here is to make more modern styled wines, exclusively from tinto fino, which would be radically different to the more traditional style of Vega Sicilia.
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