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Date Printed: 12/19/2014
Bodegas y Vinedos Alion  2009
Bodegas y Vinedos Alion 2009
(search item no. 126236)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $85.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 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
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A bright deep red colour with streaks of violet. Full and elegant on the nose, with a wide range of aromas, such as vanilla, ripe fruits, compote and syrups. The palate is opulent and elegant with harmonious tannins providing a subtle backbone to the wine; great aromatic persistence in the mouth. Designed to drink well on release, the tannins will nevertheless support at least 10 years further aging.
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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