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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Bodegas y Vinedos Alion  2007
Bodegas y Vinedos Alion 2007
(search item no. 114981)
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $99.00

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
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:

AliĆ³n is a solid wine, and is the height of expression of the tinto fino grape ripened in the sun and intelligently made into wine. Its colour is concentrated, dark with a luminous and seductive edge, typical of its youth and seasoned by the wood. The aroma is unveiled with an intensity that is not very frequent in the wines from the Ribera del Duero designation of origin. It appears with hints of roast from the grape and top-quality wood. On the palate, the sweetened tannins of the concentrated black fruits blend with the dry creamy tannins of the French oak. It is full of flavor, strong, fleshy and unfolds a truly suggestive range of tastes.
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Additional wines from Bodegas y Vinedos Alion:

  • 2009 (search item no. 126236)

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