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Bodegas Y Vinedos Alion Ribera del Duero

Wine Details

Region

Spain

Wine Description

(2004 Vintage) Its very beginnings boasted the aromas and tastes of a wine that was open, modern, attractive and full of strength and exuberance, with the exclusive expression of the tinto fino variety, a concept that was very different from the tradition of Vega Sicilia. The grape bears the character of the River Duero, the aging takes place exclusively in new French wood and, what is more, the process resorts to the most up-to-date oenological practices, giving a result that is radically different.

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    07/12 gourmet plus. a much stronger showing - lovely balance prior to drinking the vega verticals. much better than earlier experience.

    over 4 years
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    smooth and well balanced David Spencer wine dinner

    over 5 years
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    Sendiks special rated 95 by Park Smith

    about 5 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Wine & Spirits
    (2003 Vintage) Bodegas Alion was started by the renowned estate of Vega Sicilia in 1991. Grapes are sourced from vineyards next to the winery and from Vega Sicilia's own vineyards at Valbuena. Eighteen hectares of Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) form the actual Alion estate. The 2004 Alion is inky purple-colored with an alluring perfume of toasty oak, lavender, violets, mineral, blackberry, and blueberry compote. This is followed by a full-bodied, rich, opulent, wine with incipient complexity, and notes of licorice, mocha, and espresso emerging on the palate. The lengthy finish is pure and persistent. Give it 3-5 years in the cellar and drink it through 2025.
  • Wine & Spirits
    (2003 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 02/08
  • Wine & Spirits
    (2004 Vintage) Bodegas Alion was started by the renowned estate of Vega Sicilia in 1991. Grapes are sourced from vineyards next to the winery and from Vega Siciliarsquo;s own vineyards at Valbuena. Eighteen hectares of Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) form the actual Alion estate. The 2004 Alion is inky purple-colored with an alluring perfume of toasty oak, lavender, violets, mineral, blackberry, and blueberry compote. This is followed by a full-bodied, rich, opulent, wine with incipient complexity, and notes of licorice, mocha, and espresso emerging on the palate. The lengthy finish is pure and persistent. Give it 3ndash;5 years in the cellar and drink it through 2025.
  • Wine Advocate
    (2002 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 169 on Feb-07
  • Wine Spectator
    (2002 Vintage) Rating: 84/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/15/06