Bodegas Alion Ribera del Duero 2012 1.5L

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Alion has strong distribution in Spain as well as several export markets. The most important of these are the USA and Japan. The demand for Alion is so strong that even if production were to double, quantities would still be insufficient. Being already a delight to drink upon release, Alion is particularly popular with restaurants.
Category Red Wine
Varietal
Country Spain
Region Ribera del Duero
Brand Bodegas Alion
  • wa95

Wine Advocate2012 has to be one of the best recent vintages of Alión. This 2012 Alión is pure Tempranillo from vineyards averaging 25 to 30 years of age, harvested at the end of September and matured for 14 months in new French oak barrels. The nose is much more elegant than the Pintia from Toro (I tasted them together), still very fresh and primary but with a special brightness of fruit, shiny cherries, raspberries, something effervescent, open and somehow exuberant. The palate is quite round, much more polished, with some notes of dark chocolate, some subtle volatility, elegant, fresh and long. It has the balance and stuffing to develop nicely in bottle. Superb balance, Ribera character, clean, modern classic. 280,000 bottles were produced.

Luis Gutierrez, October 2015
  • ws90

Wine SpectatorCherry, raspberry and kirsch flavors show a ripe character in this bright red, backed by citrusy acidity and light, firm tannins. Well-balanced, fresh and lively. Drink now through 2018. 570 cases imported.

Thomas Matthews, September 30, 2016