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2011 Vega Sicilia Alion

"An upfront, hedonistic vintage of Vega Sicilia's most upfront and hedonistic wine Christopher Cannan"

2011 Vega Sicilia Alion

"An upfront, hedonistic vintage of Vega Sicilia's most upfront and hedonistic wine Christopher Cannan"

$135.00

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2011 Vega Sicilia Alion

"An upfront, hedonistic vintage of Vega Sicilia's most upfront and hedonistic wine Christopher Cannan"

Robert Parker r94

Description

Alion is Vega Sicilia's holding in Ribera del Duero, planted in 100% Tempranillo Tinto Fino. The philosophy is to make more contemporary wines, exclusively from tinto fino, to act as a counterpoint to the traditional approach of Vega Sicilia. Founded in 1986, it is operated distinctly from Vega Sicilia.

"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." eRobertParker.com

BrandVega Sicilia

RegionRibera del Duero

VarietalTempranillo

Size750ml

Vintage2011

CountrySpain