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ALION 2018 ~ Vega Sicilia ~ 95+RP

ALION 2018 VEGA SICILIA ~ 100% Tinto Fino / Tempranillo ~ 15.0% Alc. ~ 0.75 Ltr. ~

96JS / 95+RP / 94TA

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Bodegas Alión
Xavier Ausás & Begoña Jovellar
DO Ribera del Duero
Spain

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ALION 2018 | VEGA SICILIA | RIBERA DEL DUERO

"Fresh and very floral with violets and berries. Blackberries and orange peel, too. Medium-to full-bodied with firm, linear tannins. Excellent length and structure. Seriously structured, Better after 2024, but already beautiful."

96 Points | James Suckling | www.jamessuckling.com | 26 August 2021

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"The 2018 Alión follows the path of the 2016: it is fresh and elegant and from a cooler (more Atlantic) vintage with more rain than the average and a relatively late harvest between September 28th and October 12th. They used 80% new barrels, with up to 10% made of American oak looking to (in their own words) give more sucrosity and sweetness to the wine, as it's a more vertical, tense and elegant expression of Alión. Part of the wine matured in concrete (something they started in 2016), and in 2021 they are experimenting with a 4,000-liter Rousseau foudre, as they want to keep working the texture and freshness. The wine is ripe at 15% alcohol and has a pH of 3.8 and a mellow 4.6 grams of acidity, round and soft. The wine matured until it was bottled in June 2020. The truth is that the wine comes through as subtle, elegant and balanced, with very integrated oak and a nice texture. It's one of the finest vintages for Alión. 257,257 bottles, 7,005 magnums and some larger formats produced."

95+ Points | Luis Gutiérrez | Robert Parker, Wine Advocate | Issue #258 | 30 December 2021

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"Alión is a pan-Ribera cuvée, with around half of the grapes bought from growers in Anguix, La Aguilera, La Horra, Moradillo, Nava and Padilla and the rest from Vega Sicilia. It's very different in style from the wines of its parent company, with the focus on French oak, 80% of it new, and just 10% American wood. Floral and refined, with intense perfume, polished tannins, layered bramble and blackberry fruit and chalky precision. A delicious Alión. 2023-32."

94 Points | Tim Atkin MW | www.timatkin.com | Ribera del Duero 2021 Special Report | 2021

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They never stop renovating Alión and the rest of wineries from the Vega Sicilia group. In 2018, which is the vintage of the wine released in 2022, they renovated the vinification zone with smaller vats for more precise vinification and including concrete vats for aging the wine. They have 130 hectares of vineyards in the villages of Padilla de Duero, Pesquera and Valbuena de Duero at some 750 meters in altitude. Production varies between 250,000 and 300,000 bottles.

Luis Gutiérrez | Wine Advocate | December 2021

  • Drink: 2023 - 2032
  • Production: 257.257 bottles / 7.005 magnums
  • Treatment: 12 months in 80% new French (90%) and American (10%) oak barrels
  • Remarks: It's certainly one of the finest vintages for Alión in recent years… 2018 was a fresh, Atlantic-influenced vintage, giving this Alión a more vertical, longer, and elegant expression