Similar to the Vega Sicilia process where barrel/bottle aging is 2 years of each, with 70/30 French/American oak. Some of the vineyard sources are at Vega Sicilia, with the rest scattered through the local region. For example 25 hectares are in Padilla, 40 in Pesquera.
The nose and palate show red opulent fruits, licorice, subtle French oak apparent with a spicy seasoning of wood and an underpinning of minerality and freshness from the cooler 2012 vintage.
250-280k bottles typically produced annually.
#vegasicilia #alion #riberadelduero #tempranillo — 5 years ago
Spanish wine royalty of the secondary kind.
The color is deep ruby and youthful for 11 years age. The nose is complex showing maturity with muddled plums and blackberry, with mint and roast beef, oak is there but well integrated. The palate is med acidity, med+ body with fine and dusty med+ tannin. Long and classic finish. 🇪🇸 #alion
#vegasicilia #riberadelduero — 5 years ago
Unlike many, many other RdD the precision and elegance, with power and structure on display here is impeccable. The house style from the grand daddy Unico is apparent. This is a wine to savor, linger on and appreciate over hours. The complexity complicates a bouquet and palate that are fresh and soulful. #spain #ribera #alion #vegasicilia — 5 years ago
2006 Alion settling beautifully into it's skin. Wine of the day! Had it 18 months in London (for near half the price) great then, better now! Stunning depth, seamless, wicked beautifully supple tannin! Give me a bit of cow and a bottle of Alion & you'll have a very happy fella sitting in front of you! #FilthyGoodVino #Tempranillo #Wine #Alion — 5 years ago