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2011 Alión, Bodegas Alión

Ribera del Duero

$59.00 per Bottle


1 Bottle




"The 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." Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #214
(WA, 08/01/2014)

Rating: 94
Drink from: 2014-2019

"Opaque ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes ripe black and blue fruits, pipe tobacco, woodsmoke and potpourri, with vanilla and allspice nuances emerging with aeration. Fleshy, seamless and sweet, offering energetic blackcurrant and cherry flavors and a suggestion of licorice pastille. Boasts excellent clarity and power on an impressively long, sweet finish framed by supple, slow-building tannins." Josh Raynolds, Vinous.com
(AG, 12/01/2015)

Rating: 93
Drink from: 2020-2025

"Meaty, earthy and beautifully woven strands of oak. Very fine tannins, and a charred savoury note on the finish. Pristine and multi-dimensional with excellent oak spice on the finish." Richard Hemming MW, JancisRobinson.com
(JR, 03/03/2015)

Rating: 17
Drink from: 2018-2027

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