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Date Printed: 8/27/2014
Bodegas Vega Sicilia Alion 2003
Bodegas Vega Sicilia Alion 2003
(search item no. 94656)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $74.99

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

Winemaker's Notes:

"The good news is that the 2003 Alion is even better than the 2002. It has a similar personality but with more depth and concentration as well as structure. The ripe tannins suggest much more will be revealed with another 6-8 years in the bottle. It will drink well for 15+ years thereafter."
-Wine Advocate
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About Bodegas Vega Sicilia:

The foundations of Vega Sicilia's traditions may be found as far back as 1859, when Don Eloy Lecanda Chaves was gifted an estate by his wealthy father. The origins of the Vega Sicilia winery are officially regarded as 1864, which was when Don Eloy Lecanda Chaves returned from his travels in Bordeaux with vine cuttings, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Carmenere - all of which were found in Bordeaux at that time - and, curiously, some Pinot Noir. Regardless of how Pinot Noir arrived, the cuttings were duly propagated and planted at Vega Sicilia, although the Carmenere and Pinot Noir are no longer found in the Vega Sicilia vineyards.

Vega Sicilia's Tempranillo is trained in gobelet fashion, whereas the French varieties are trained in a Guyot system. Green harvesting is employed ruthlessly in order to control yields, and the harvest itself is meticulous. In the winery, such a massive wine will withstand many years in wood and Unico sees a complicated series of rackings from huge barrels to new oak, to used American oak, back to new oak again, and on it goes. Whatever these phases are called, Unico certainly receives very prolonged barrel ageing, with the 1970 seeing over sixteen years! And yet these are not washed out, stretched, overly oaky wines when mature, testimony to the quality of the raw materials on which they are based.
-Chris Kissack, The Winedoctor