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Bodegas y Viñedos Alión Tinto 2016

Bodegas y Viñedos Alión Tinto 2016

100% Tempranillo. Alion is from the same family who owns the legendary Ribera del Duero estate, Vega Sicilia. One of the best, if not the best, producers in all of Spain. 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 and 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.

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$105.00
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SKU: 1121304201600750
Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Tempranillo
Appellation
Ribera del Duero
Vinous
95
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
"Glass-staining violet. Heady smoke- and mineral-accented aromas of ripe black and blue fruits, incense and potpourri, plus hints of vanilla and cola in the background. Densely packed, alluringly sweet and focused on the palate, offering intense black currant, cherry-vanilla and candied licorice flavors and a touch of exotic spices. Sappy, smooth and seamless in texture, finishing with powerful thrust and velvety tannins that come in late to add shape and gentle grip. 95% French and 5% American oak, 80% of it new." - Josh Raynolds
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