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2012 Vega Sicilia Alion Ribera Del Duero Magnum

Retail: $249.99

$199.99

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Please note, this product is a 1.5L bottle.

Rating
95 Pts Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Color
Red

Size
1.5l

ABV
14.5%

Closure Type
Cork

Vintage
2012

Varietal(s)
Tempranillo / Tinto Fino / Tinta Roriz


Organic

BioDynamic

Collectable

Kosher

Sparkling

Dessert


Taste

berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather and herb

Nose

berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather and herb

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Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"2012 has to be one of the best recent vintages of Alión. This 2012 Alión is pure Tempranillo from vineyards averaging 25 to 30 years of age, harvested at the end of September and matured for 14 months in new French oak barrels. The nose is much more elegant than the Pintia from Toro (I tasted them together), still very fresh and primary but with a special brightness of fruit, shiny cherries, raspberries, something effervescent, open and somehow exuberant. The palate is quite round, much more polished, with some notes of dark chocolate, some subtle volatility, elegant, fresh and long. It has the balance and stuffing to develop nicely in bottle. Superb balance, Ribera character, clean, modern classic. 280,000 bottles were produced.

After the warm and ripe 2011, there is a much more balanced 2012 Alión that reminded me of the 2001 vintage."

Product Description:

**Magnums are packed in individual wood cases.**

"Alion was launched with the 1991 vintage by the famous Vega Sicilia estate. Inspired by the "modern classic" style of top Bordeaux, owner Pablo Alvarez wished to adapt this style of wine to the unique climate and soils in the western Ribera del Duero. Around half the grapes come from Vega Sicilia vineyards, the other half from Alion's own vineyards near Penafiel. The wine is made by Javier Ausas, head winemaker of Vega Sicilia, at Alion's dedicated, state-of-the-art winery. Alion is certainly a modern wine, an opulent and seductive 100% Tempranillo aged for 14 months in new French oak barrels, but - as one would expect from Vega Sicilia - there is nothing over-the-top about the wine. Not overripe, overextracted or overoaked, it is all about elegance, harmony, class...and sheer hedonistic pleasure." -Importer

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