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2012 Alíon

Bodegas Vega Sicilia · Ribera del Duero · Castilla y León · Spain

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Robert Parker Wine Advocate
2012 has to be one of the best recent vintages of Alión. This 2012 Alión ...
Grape Variety: 100% Tempranillo / Tinta Roriz / Ull de Llebre / Cencibel / Tinta del Pais
Classification: DO
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CHF 360.80

2012 · Alíon · Bodegas Vega Sicilia · Ribera del Duero · Castilla y León · Spain ·

Reviews & Ratings

Average Critic Score
92.5
2012 has to be one of the best recent vintages of Alión. This 2012 Alión is pure Tempranillo from vineyards averaging 25 to 30 years of age, harvested at the end of September and matured for 14 months in new French oak barrels. The nose is much more elegant than the Pintia from Toro (I tasted them together), still very fresh and primary but with a special brightness of fruit, shiny cherries, raspberries, something effervescent, open and somehow exuberant. The palate is quite round, much more polished, with some notes of dark chocolate, some subtle volatility, elegant, fresh and long. It has the balance and stuffing to develop nicely in bottle. Superb balance, Ribera character, clean, modern classic. 280,000 bottles were produced.

After the warm and ripe 2011, there is a much more balanced 2012 Alión that reminded me of the 2001 vintage.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Sattes Purpur-Granat, dicht in der Mitte, lila Schimmer aussen. Intensives, direkt ansprechendes Bouquet, tendenziell rotbeerig und auch rote Kirschen zeigend, alles vermischt mit einer Prise süssem Sandelholz. Im Gaumen sehr fleischig, respektive stoffig, die vife Säure ist verlangend und vermittelt Länge. Ein grosser Alion, der (noch) nicht grad loslegt und noch nach weiterer Flaschenreife verlangt. 18/20 bald – 2026E
René Gabriel
Robert Parker Wine Advocate
René Gabriel
Grape variety Grape variety
100% Tempranillo / Tinta Roriz / Ull de Llebre / Cencibel / Tinta del Pais
Sub-region Sub-region Ribera del Duero
Alcohol content Alcohol content 14.5 %
Classification Classification DO
Bodegas Vega Sicilia

Bodegas Vega Sicilia

Spain’s most famous red wine producer, Vega Sicilia consistently produces the best distinct blends from the Ribera del Duero, in both style and approach. Located in Valbuena de Duero, the estate has been in the Álvarez family since 1982, and has remained the largest in the country, with about 1000 hectares of property – 25% of which are planted to vines. Their top wine, Unico, is a delicious blend of Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) and Cabernet Sauvignon. Unico benefits from extended cask-maturation time that has been perfected to preserve amble freshness in the finished wine. Then there is also the exceptional Reserva Especial, a non-vintage, which is a blend of the top selections, and is traditionally aged for 10 years consisting of mostly Tinto Fino, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The second wine coming from Ribera del Duero’s most influential vineyard is Valbuena, which has more present fruit character, a cuvée of Tinto Fino, Malbec and Merlot. ...

Grapes

Tempranillo is Spain’s most planted red variety and its flagship grape found in many of the country’s most sought-after D.O.’s and revered wines. It has thick skins and ripens early (“tempro” meaning early in Spanish). Depending on where it is grown, it can produce wines of different styles. In Rioja it is blended often with Mazuelo (Carignan), Graciano, Garnacha and/or Viura to produce medium-bodied wines that are fine-tuned. Alternatively, in Ribera del Duero, it can produce much more structured and full-bodied wines, when yields are kept to a minimum. Also depending on where it is grown, it can go by many names such as Tinto de Toro in Toro, Tinto Fino in Ribera and Tinta Roriz in Portugal where it contributes to the blend in Douro’s dry and fortified wines. ...
Tempranillo
Ribera del Duero

Ribera del Duero

One of the most important wine regions in Spain in recent years, Ribera del Duero is located in the greater area of Castilla Y Léon in north-central Spain. Despite being home to one of Spain’s oldest and its most glorified winery, Bodegas Vega Sicilia, it is a region that is relatively new in terms of popularity. Most of its 19,000 hectares of vines were only planted in the 1990s-2000s. It earned its DO status in only 1982. Despite it sharing its main grape variety (Tempranillo) with Rioja, its wines are distinctly different. This is in part due to its unique micro-climate. It lies between 700-850 metres above sea level, while Rioja is only around 460. This creates a short growing cycle with hot summers (with sometimes very cold nights) while the harvest can happen with snow. Its wines tend to be richer and more robust than Rioja’s more refined bottlings. In addition to Vega Sicilia who embraces a notably traditional style, Ribera del Duero is also home to Pingus, one of the most modern styles from the region. ...

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