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Date Printed: 12/22/2014
Bodegas y Vinedos Alion  2004
Bodegas y Vinedos Alion 2004
(search item no. 99048)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $85.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

"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." 96 Points
Wine Advocate

February 2008

"Saturated red. Fresh strawberry and raspberry aromas are complemented by subtle Indian spice and mineral qualities. Really shows its fruit on the palate today, offering vivid red berries, blackberry and candied. Tannins make a brief appearance on the finish but are subsumed by the energetic fruit. I've no doubt that this will repay cellaring but it wouldn't be infanticide to drink a bottle now." 92 Points
International Wine Cellar

2008

"Cherry, raisin, tobacco and cola flavors are supported by firm tannins and lively acidity in this maturing but still fresh red. Nicely focused. Drink now through 2014." 89 Points
Wine Spectator

November 30, 2008

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About Bodegas y Vinedos Alion:

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