Alion 2002 (Ribera del Duero)
Bodegas Alion, owned by the legendary Vega Sicilia estate, was founded in 1986. The wine made here is a more Bordeaux-styled, "modern" wine than the Unico or Valbuena. The winery is located just down the road from Vega Sicilia and the wine is made from 100% tempranillo from 37 hectares that were planted in 1986 as well as some younger vines planted at Vega Sicilia. Following fermentation, the wine remains in tank for two or three months on its fine lees before being moved into all new French oak barrels, where it remains for 14 to 18 months.
While 2002 was a lesser vintage, you would never know it from tasting the 2002 Alion. Saturated purple in colour, it offers up an exotic nose of coconut, espresso, herbs, black currants and cherries. Rich and complex on the palate with lots of glycerin and layers of black fruit flavours, it has a pure, long finish that goes on and on. Rating: 94 points; Jay Miller; Wine Advocate #169 (Feb 2007)
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