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Bodegas Alion Ribera del Duero 2011

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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 ageing.
Category Red Wine
Varietal
Country Spain
Region Ribera del Duero
Brand Bodegas Alion
  • wa94

Wine AdvocateThe 2011 Alion is pure Tempranillo from vineyards averaging 25 to 30 years of age, harvested early (second half of September) matured for 16 months in new Nevers barrels (that's a difference with Vega Sicilia; for Alion all wood is French). It is an exuberant, ripe Alion, with hedonist's aromas that jump out of the glass. Winemaker Javier Ausas tells me he likes the wines when they are young and showy like this one. It is indeed a showy vintage, with aromas of violets, molasses, cereals and a whiff of malt whisky. We tasted the wine a little warm, but that does not benefit the wine, which should be served at 15-16 C and allowed to warm up and open up in the glass. It's also quite smoky, with reminiscences of very good barrels, black aromas, violets, black olives and fresh plums. The palate is tannic with lactic and warm flavors. This is a very exuberant, showy vintage for Alion, and here I tend to agree with Ausas: even though this has plenty of stuffing to age I'd drink it young in its exuberant phase. 290,000 bottles produced. Drink now-2019.

Luis Gutierrez, August 2014
  • ws91

Wine SpectatorThis chewy red delivers bold, earthy flavors, with dusty plum notes mingling with tar, coffee and meaty details, supported by a thick layer of tannins. Powerful and rather austere, this shows solid character. Best from 2016 through 2030. 25,000 cases made.

Thomas Matthews, August 31, 2015