Bodegas y Vinedos 'Alion' Tempranillo 2009
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Wine Advocate 93
"The 2009 Alion, pure Tempranillo aged in French oak, has had the benefit of a couple more years in bottle than the 2011 and shows more nuances, more restraint and a more serious aroma profile. It’s also a ripe year, with notes of plums and shy violets, the oak well-integrated into the wine. The palate is full-bodied with abundant, fine-grained tannins and a velvety, juicy texture, with good extraction and stuffing: I think ... read more
This is a red wine
Item ID: #17538
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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Wine Advocate 93
"The 2009 Alion, pure Tempranillo aged in French oak, has had the benefit of a couple more years in bottle than the 2011 and shows more nuances, more restraint and a more serious aroma profile. It’s also a ripe year, with notes of plums and shy violets, the oak well-integrated into the wine. The palate is full-bodied with abundant, fine-grained tannins and a velvety, juicy texture, with good extraction and stuffing: I think this will be longer lived than the 2011. They have different styles – this is classier, and 2011 is more exuberant – but they are both at a similar quality level. 320,000 bottles produced. Drink now-2021." ~ LG

Stephen Tanzer 93
"Opaque ruby. Ripe cherry, dark berries and oak spice on the highly perfumed nose. Fleshy and sweet, offering intense blackberry and cherry-cola flavors that put on weight and become spicier with air. Finishes smooth and expansive, with a smoky nuance and youthfully chewy tannins. This powerful yet lithe wine boasts excellent focus and dark fruit intensity. " ~JR

Wine Information:
-100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo)
-Grapes come from vineyards next to the winery, and from Vega Sicilia's own vineyards at Valbuena
-Grapes come from vineyards next to the winery, and from Vega Sicilia's own vineyards at Valbuena
-The bedrock is schist and the topsoil is chalk-dominated
-Average age of the vines: 20 years
-Approx. 300,000 bottles per year

About:
Bodegas Alion, owned by the legendary Vega Sicilia estate, was founded in 1986. The first vintage to be commercialized was 1991. The wine made here is a more Bordeaux-styled, "modern" wine than the Unico or Valbuena. Pablo Alvarez, managing director of Vega Sicilia, calls Alion "a wine somewhere between a Ribera del Duero and a Medoc in style".

The winery is located just down the road from Vega Sicilia and the wine is made from 100% tempranillo from 85 hectares that were planted in 1986 in addition to younger vines planted at Vega Sicilia.

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