Tempranillo Ribera Del Duero Spain
An exclusively Tempranillo wine, Bodega Alion caused a great stir amongst the industry press after their inaugural release. Fruit is collated from the most splendid vineyards along Ribera Del Duero, treated to a traditional, old world vinification, followed by a term of extravagant new oak maturation and a year or more in the stillness of the bottle before release. A refined Spaniard of the most opulent and intense character, a complex and well fleshed wine, distinguished by its elegance, seamlessness and remarkable structure.
Parcels of Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) are picked off vines twenty five to thirty years of age. Fruit is sourced from vineyards adjacent the Bodega Alion wineworks and from mother company Vega Sicilia's own estate properties at Valbuena. Hand picked grapes are placed into wooden crates and poured over a sorting table. Alion is crafted in the modern Bordeaux cru classe style, employing modern facilities and lots of new oak. Grapes are treated to a traditional vinification and malolactic in open vats. During the January following vintage, Alion is transfered to a selection of new French Bordeaux coopered oak barrels for a year's maturation, bottling and a further year of age under the estate cellars.
Ruby red, violet hues. Clean, fruit and floral bouquet, a wine in pure condition. Powerful entrance, full palate, exhibiting outstanding balance between acid and fruit, tannins and oak, the presence of Tempranillo varietal character remains prominent. The essential elegance of the Alion style dominates the long, persistent finish.