2020 Bodegas Alion

Grapes Tinto Fino
Colour Red
Origin Spain, Ribera del Duero
ABV 14.5%

A graceful red, with a pure beam of crème de cassis gliding across the plush palate, accented by notes of sassafrass, pomegranate, tar-tinged smoke and dried sage. This is well-tailored, offering fine-grained, sculpted tannins that provide form, plus pretty hints of violet and spices that linger on the lush finish. Drink now through 2034. Drinking range: 2024 - 2034 Rating: 93 Alison Napjus, The Wine Spectator (Apr 2024)

*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles of wine (or 9 litre equivalent) or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified (4.5 litres) to get the discounted 'case price' for each bottle.

2020 was drier than average until the harvest, when it rained and diluted the grapes, and they had to wait to regain concentration. The result is that the 2020 Alión is a wine with better balance and freshness. They felt the skins were very ripe and they could extract more and use a little more American oak (4%) in the élevage. From 2019, they kept the press wine separate until June, and they keep separate quantities of press wines that are aged in different containers depending on the quality of the wine. They used a percentage of concrete and oak vats for the élevage, which gives the wine more verticality and freshness. It's a subtle and elegant Alión, not as dense as some other vintages, but with nice balance and very elegant tannins. In 2020, they produced 285,485 bottles of this wine, 7,115 magnums and some larger formats. It was bottled in May 2022. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035 Rating: 95 Luis Gutierrez, (Jan 2024)

Bodegas Alion

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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