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2016 Vega Sicilia Alion Ribera Del DueroTempranillo / Tinto Fino / Tinta Roriz from Spain

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"Alion is Vega Sicilia’s second project in Ribera del Duero. There are 130 hectares of land divided into three large blocks, seventy of which are located on the Vega Sicilia e...

  • 96 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
  • 95 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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About

96

"A very savory and succulent Alion with so much complexity of flavor with berries, chocolate and dried meat. Some cedar, too. Full body. Vertical and very long. Purity of fruit and tannins to this wine. Needs two or three years to soften. Release in 2020. Better after 2022."

95 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"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."

Product Description:

"Alion is Vega Sicilia’s second project in Ribera del Duero. There are 130 hectares of land divided into three large blocks, seventy of which are located on the Vega Sicilia estate itself: 30 hectares in the Padilla de Duero, and another 30 hectares in the nearby town of Pesquera de Duero. Alion is the “younger sibling” to Vega Sicilia; made with the same elegance, but aged three years before release and meant to drink within the first 15-20 years, though there is no doubt that it can age longer.

The 2016 vintage in Ribera del Duero is described by the Consejo Regulador as "fresher and more Atlantic in style, on the whole not unlike those of the late 80s and 90s." On paper, the Alión 2016 is as fully charged as ever, with 15% alcohol and atypically low yields for the region. However, it tells a different story in the glass. The alcohol is undetectable, and the structure understated. By reducing the proportion of new oak to 80% and aging some lots in concrete, the winery has responded sensitively to the character of the vintage.

The wine is extremely inviting as a result. The fruit is pure, aromatic and complex, reflecting the varying terroir in this triangle of vineyards between Pesquera del Duero, Padilla and Valbuena. There is spice and weight, but also great length and class. This is a true example of contemporary Ribera made without compromise." -Importer

Product Detail

Item # 119069
Country Spain
Region Castille and Leon
Sub-Region Ribera del Duero
Ratings

96 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com

95 - Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Vintage 2016
Color Red
ABV 15.0%
Varietal(s) Tempranillo / Tinto Fino / Tinta Roriz
Size 750mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather and herb
Nose berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather and herb