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Alíon 2011
Country: Spain
Region: Castilla y León
Appellation: Bodegas Vega Sicilia


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Alíon
Bodegas Vega Sicilia
300 cl
2011
94 91
350.00
378.00
    
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Robert Parker: 94
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. Drink now-2019.

Wine Spectator: 91
This chewy red delivers bold, earthy flavors, with dusty plum notes mingling with tar, coffee and meaty details, supported by a thick layer of tannins. Powerful and rather austere, this shows solid character. Best from 2016 through 2030. 25,000 cases made. –TM




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