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Alión 2016

Alión

2016
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An elegant wine with all the quality assurance one might expect from Vega Sicilia. Highly-regarded i...

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67.80

/ btl 0.75 L

Details for Alión 2016

Type

Wine Red Crianza

Wine region

Grapes

Producer

Alcohol content

15.0%

Bottle size and vintage

0.75 L - 2016

Review

An elegant wine with all the quality assurance one might expect from Vega Sicilia. Highly-regarded in its own right, this was never intended to be their second wine, as was proved when the very first vintage in 1995 won a place in the Wine Spectactor's list of 100 best wines for that year.

Produced from 100% Tinto Fino (Ribera's Tempranillo) grapes, the Alión Reserva is a modern-style wine with traditional roots. The Vega Sicilia approach to meticulous care over details ensures high quality standards throughout all wine-making processes, under the auspices of company oenologist Xavier Ausás.

Particular consideration is paid to the ageing process which lasts for up to 18 months in new French oak casks and almost the same length of time spent resting in bottle.

These periods are regarded as essential for blending and harmonizing the fruit and wood, so that the finest aromas and flavours ensue and create a wine of exceptional elegance. Deeply-coloured and firmly-structured, from grapes ripened to perfection in the vineyard, it reveals the characteristics of its terroir and maintains the winery’s long-standing commitment to the production of premier quality wines.

Food pairing

Suckling lamb / Vegetable stews / Beef sirloin steak

Vineyard

  • Vine age:Between 25 and 35 years
  • Soil:Gravel surface
  • Climate:Continental

Production

  • Ageing period:14 months
  • Barrel age:New
  • Type of wood:French oak

Tasting notes

  • ViewPicota cherry red / Purple rim
  • Bouquet:Hardwoods / Spices / Red berries
  • Mouth:Elegant / Long / Opulent

Recommendations

  • Optimum serving temperature:Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Customer reviews

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by: Paul B (14/03/2019) - Vintage 2014

Wonderful!!

This wine is expensive, however, I recently served it to a group of friends and it went down brilliantly. I would highly recommended!!

by: Jonathan S (29/03/2017) - Vintage 2013

Always a class act

Alion is not cheap, but always delivers a consistently high quality - this is a special occasion wine. Decant before serving to get the unctuous, rich and velvety aromas that should be savoured. A wine definitely not for gulping, but rather for enjoying slowly as a celebration of the good things in life. A classic Ribera.

by: Bruno Dalbiez (31/08/2017) - Vintage 2013

Valor seguro

Pequeño "hermano" del Unico, este vino tiene muchas de las caracteristicas de su hermano mayor, y por un precio mucho más modesto. Tiene su suavidad y su delicadeza. Perdona, no conozco la terminología tecnica del vino en Español... pero claro que el Alion me encanta muchísimo...

by: Fidel Enciso Fernández-Recio (23/05/2017) - Vintage 2013

Muy buen vino, aunque no tanto como las añadas que le preceden y le siguen.

Precioso color picota oscuro, con el borde luminoso, propio de su juventud y sazonado en la madera. Con un aroma intenso en nariz. Al paladar, la fruta negra concentrada se combina con los taninos dulces y cremosos del roble francés. Es sabroso, potente, carnoso..

Bodegas y Viñedos Alión

Bodegas y Viñedos Alión

This winery was acquired in 1992 by the owners of Vega Sicilia, the Álvarez family, for the purpose of creating a Ribera del Duero wine that was distinct and independent from the flagship brand. Different in that it is exclusively produced from Tinto Fino(the Ribera's Tempranillo) grapes, it has its own identity and is a less expensive, more widely available alternative to Vega Sicilia's Único and Valbuena wines. It was never intended to be considered as their second wine,...