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Bodegas y Vinedos Alion 2003

Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
  • RP96
0% ABV
  • JS94
  • WS91
  • RP95
  • WE93
  • WS90
  • RP94
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A bright deep red color with streaks of violet. Full and elegant on the nose, with a wide rangeof aromas, such as vanilla, ripe fruits, compote and syrups. The palate is opulent and elegantwith harmonious tannins providing a subtle backbone to the wine; great aromatic persistence.

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RP 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
Rating: 96+
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Bodegas y Vinedos Alion

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Bodegas y Vinedos Alion, , Spain
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

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The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without thinking of the other. Although Cabernet has many important outposts throughout the wine world, nowhere else has it achieved such success (and, at the highest end, commanded such lofty prices) than in Napa. Here, it is responsible for bold, opulent, and dark-fruited wines with grippy tannins and a healthy dose of alcohol. The best examples can age for decades. Each of Napa’s smaller sub-AVAs imparts a different character to Cabernet, such as Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.

SSR94656_2003 Item# 94656

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