Bodegas y Viñedos Alión Ribera del Duero 2014

94 Points, The Wine Advocate – "2014 is a better vintage in Ribera del Duero than in Rioja, and the 2014 Alión shows it. Sourced from 130 hectares of Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) in Ribera del Duero and possibly the most modern of the Vega Sicilia Group wines, it’s silky, voluptuous, jammy, ripe and generous without being too much. The grapes fermented with indigenous yeasts in oak vats, and the wine matured in new and second use French barriques for 12 to 14 months. It’s quite ripe and powerful yet balanced and with great freshness. The palate is medium to full-bodied with lots of fruit, juicy and showy, modern without excess. 284,284 bottles along with 6,500 magnums and some larger formats were produced. You might want to give it some more time in bottle. It was bottled in June 2016."

Looking for the perfect red wine for the coming holidays and the fall/winter season? We are so happy to have a small allocation of the 2014 Bodegas y Viñedos Alión, a classic Spanish wine made by the iconic Vega Sicilia winery in the western reaches of Spain’s Ribera del Duero. Deep, dark and powerful, this wine has had the benefit of several years in the bottle to relax, evolve, soften and open up. Still we’d recommend a decanting about an hour before service, but this is a spectacular wine to drink now and over the next decade.

It’s made from 100% Tempranillo, aged 14-16 months in 100% French oak and for another 20 months in bottle before release. The property has a total of 130 hectares of land divided into three large blocks. One is on the Vega Sicilia estate itself, another is in the Padilla de Duero municipality near the winery, and a third block is in the nearby town of Pesquera de Duero.

The terroirs here are quite diverse, with three sedimentary soils created by the river, the wind, and erosion. The River Duero has had the most impact here, depositing alluvial sediments over thousands of years. The result is a wine with its origins in the great terroirs of Vega, but with its own expression and one that is far more affordable. Pre-Arrival offer, all orders subject to confirmation, wine arrives next Wednesday. Cheers! Chris



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