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 Vintage1998 Label 1 of 58 
ProducerBodegas y Viñedos Alión (web)
RegionCastilla y León
AppellationRibera del Duero

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2004 and 2008 (based on 12 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Bodegas Y Vinedos Alion on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.3 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 31 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by andtheodor on 11/22/2014 & rated 88 points: Campfire, old damp wood, plum, tobacco, cocoa, berry. Still ample tannin behind a veil of sweet old wood and pert acidity. Pretty good, likely not getting better at this point. (964 views)
 Tasted by PC73 on 4/24/2014 & rated 90 points: Lovely drinking at the moment.
Good balance of fruit and secondary notes coming through. Oak still present.
Cassis, chocolate on the palate. Tannins still present.
Suspect this will keep going a couple more years. (1466 views)
 Tasted by yiuwing_hk on 1/29/2014 & rated 93 points: This bottle is much better than my last one, well mature notes of tea leave, blackcurrant, cassis, dark chocolate, coffee. Palate is also nicely balanced with long linguring fruit finish. (1671 views)
 Tasted by Wine_lvr on 1/25/2014 & rated 89 points: Tasted blind: Garnet in color. Nose of berries and coffee. Actually the wine had a very rich and multilayered nose. But once it hits the taste but the wine can not deliver what one would expect, it is quite short, not really balanced and has some dry tannins. On the positive side there is a nice sweetness of ripe berries and coffee. One would not really expect a Ribera del Duero. Overall a nice wine but a few years past its peak. (1653 views)
 Tasted by Sergio Casado on 12/21/2013 & rated 91 points: En nariz intensidad media/alta. Notas cerezas, ciruelas, licorosas. Taninos suaves, arropados por una muy buena acidez. Sabroso y con postgusto largo que deja recuerdos de chocolate y ligeras notas a tabaco. Agradable sorpresa por los comentarios anteriores poco favorables. (1793 views)
 Tasted by yiuwing_hk on 7/27/2013 & rated 89 points: Ruby color with slightly garnet rim. Quite pronounce nose of dried flowers, elegant cherry, coconut, spices. Palate is relatively weak, mainly red fruit, and fruit intensity increased a little after 1.5hr, and the length is medium with simple fruit finish. (1937 views)
 Tasted by Rnarkiss on 3/16/2013: like everybody have said....Ishould have drink it a few years ago.
Nice flavour, stays a few minutes in the glass... (1891 views)
 Tasted by Pinotphile123 on 2/27/2013 & rated 90 points: Wow, wasn't expecting this to be too great and well passed its limit. Whilst is for sure maybe a little past its peak, it is drinking quite nice.
Still good colour, soft & delicate tannins, chocolate, cassis, black currant. Nice wine for a Wednesday with a Moroccan chicken curry and oh nearly forget a wedding anniversary! (1578 views)
 Tasted by Harley1199 on 11/15/2012: Historical & Vertical Alión Tasting (Bodega Santa Cecilia - Madrid): Chocolatey nose. Also mineral. Timid but good, very good. High acidity on palate. Ready now.

Nariz achocatelada. También mineral. Tímida pero buena, muy buena. Alta acidez en boca. Lista ahora. (2507 views)
 Tasted by rbs1 on 10/14/2012 & rated 89 points: Unfortunately past it's prime. (1910 views)
 Tasted by SoCal on 8/6/2011: Purple core with light edges. A Seductive aged scents, cherry, leather, spice, and funk. There is harmony with oak in a much softer fruit forward style. The mouth feel is much less extracted than other vintages I have had. Overall the wine is drinking great now and I would not hold much longer. (2586 views)
 Tasted by ZorroCT on 7/27/2011 & rated 89 points: I didn't think that this was way over the hill already, but it has lost its umpf. Still had a bit of tannin when first opened -- which quickly faded. Cherry with slight notes of vanilla. Has not gained in complexity and was a little thin. Still a decent drink but pop it now. (2323 views)
 Tasted by robmatic on 3/6/2011 & rated 88 points: OK so not the best vintage, but the wine had plenty of character and a lovely balance. Quite enjoyable but probably not going to get any better. I'd recommend drinking up. (2378 views)
 Tasted by Casta on 8/6/2009 & rated 89 points: casi me lo tome solo porque la expectativa ha sido larga. lo guarde bien y me recompeso, ya casi despues de su punto pero siempre poderoso (2606 views)
 Tasted by CBC on 12/5/2008: some sediment when decanted, nice barique that I like , a bit thin in the middle of palate. I think it time to drink this as finish is falling off too (2847 views)
 Tasted by olzhoward on 5/14/2008 & rated 90 points: was surprised by this. This is the 5th bottle i have tasted from a case and the wine had significantly improved from 6 months ago when I tasted it. The nose has hints of cherry with an element of tertiary flavours. Fully integrated now with a medium length on the palate but a lovely quality and balance about it. I am going to open up another bottle in a month or so to see is this was a fluke. (3064 views)
 Tasted by futronic on 5/25/2007 & rated 89 points: Tuscany Cafe Closing Dinner (Tuscany Cafe, Toronto, Canada): Medium-dark ruby colour. Aromas of cranberry and currant. Medium-bodied, really fresh, with currant and rhubarb notes on the palate. Short-moderate finish, with rhubarb, currant, and raspberry. It's a little thin in the middle, otherwise it would merit a 90+. (4320 views)
 Tasted by Bucko on 9/18/2006 & rated 85 points: Nose is quite green. Mouth is tannic but supple, although the lack of fruit makes me wonder wheter this will get better. Second time I'm disappointed with this wine. (3620 views)
 Tasted by Not Levine on 5/24/2005 & rated 88 points: LKTG Tempranillo; 5/23/2005-5/24/2005 (Bandoleone Restaurant Seattle): Nice plum/cassis flavors. Some horsey-ness added some interest. I believe this was the point in the tasting that I realized spitting might have been a good idea after all. (5184 views)
 Tasted by Eric on 5/23/2005 & rated 86 points: Low-key tasting of Tempranillo (Tinto etc.) (Seattle, WA): This was quite disappointing at first showing a cherry, Grenache-like nose but fairly simple and monolithic flavors. However with food and 30 minutes of air this improved (I initially scored it at 83 points) to show a more Rhone-like nose with pine resin, and lifted notes of raspberry. The palate gained some weight and some complexity, but this never really revealed much that was terribly exciting. (5838 views)
 Tasted by ScottG on 5/23/2005 & rated 84 points: Tempranillo at Bandoleone in Fremont (Bandoleone Restaurant): A bit of stink on the nose, but not in the most pleasant way. Tart and short on the palate, really disjointed and not showing well with a bit of sour cherry. Did seem to improve with air, but I was not excited by this wine. (5357 views)
 Tasted by PhDP on 4/13/2005 & rated 88 points: Douro & Duero (groupe du mercredi, Bruxelles, Belgium, chez PhDP): Nez en puissance, avec perception nette du boisé. On pourrait penser à vin de syrah, type Rhône Nord, voire à un Bourgogne moderniste.
Bouche ronde, moderne, tannins puissants, beaucoup de jeunesse.
Equilibre classique. (5918 views)
 Tasted by chbeaumont on 10/1/2004: Opaque; flashy, modern, bold, lashings of oak & soft, red fruit; palate confirms nose, a complete wine. Really good now. 17> (3301 views)
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Varietal character (Appellation America) | TAPAS: Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society

Tempranillo is the premium red wine grape variety from the Rioja and Ribera del Duero region in Spain. Tempranillo's aromas and flavors often combine elements of berryish fruit, herbaceousness, and an earthy-leathery minerality. Being low in acidity and sugar content, it is commonly blended with Carignan (Mazuela), Grenache (Garnacha), Graciano, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The varietal is at its best in top Riojas, where oak aging is employed to generate increased complexity and harmony. From the best sites, these wines can be remarkably concentrated with great aging potential. New wines from this region are darker, and more robust, with more dynamic primary fruit flavors than traditionally styled examples. These wines seem to reflect the influence of Spain's other key region for Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero. Regardless of style, Riojas tend to be medium bodied wines, with more acid than tannins. These wines generally feature Tempranillo blended with Garancha, Mazuelo, and Graciano. For these wines, there are three quality levels, which will appear on the label. Everyday drinking wines fall under the category of "Crianza", "Reserva" denotes more complex and concentrated wines, and "Gran Reserva" refers to the most intense wines, made only in the best years.

The same labeling scheme applies to wines from Ribera del Duero, which, like Rioja, is dominated by Tempranillo and shares similar blending grapes. Again, Ribera del Duero wines are generally darker and more powerful than the most traditional Riojas. These wines also generally see less oak treatment than Riojas. From Rioja, we like wines from Allende, Marqués de Cáceres, Montecillo, and Cune. In Ribera del Duero, consider Dominio de Pingus, Emilio Moro, Convento San Francisco, and Pesquera.
Pair older-style Rioja with simple meats like chicken, leg of lamb, and pork loin. However, the newer style of Rioja and Ribera del Duero works especially well with bolder meat dishes or an aged Spanish cheese like Manchego or Idiazabal.


Vinos de España - Wines of Spain (Instituto Español de Comercio Exterior) | Wikipedia

Spain is the third largest wine producing nation in the world, occupying the majority of the Iberian Peninsula with vast diversity in climate, culture, and of course, wine. From inky, dark reds of the [Priorat] to dry, white Finos from Andalusia, Spain can easily boast of elaborating a wide variety of notable styles. Within Spain there are currently 62 demarcated wine regions, of which a handful have gained international recognition: [Rioja], Priorat and [Ribera del Duero]. Yet these regions are only a small sample of the high quality wines Spain produces. Regions such as Cava, Penedes, Somontano, Galicia, Rueda and Jerez are only a few of the numerous regions worthy of exploration throughout Spain. Spain can also lay claim to having the most land under vine in the world, growing up to, by some accounts, 600 indigenous varietals of which Tempranillo is their most well known. Other popular varietals include [Garnacha], Bobal and Monastrell for reds and for whites; the infamous Palomino Fino grape which is used in the production of sherry wine, Pedro Ximenez in Montilla Morilles, Albarino used in the creation of the bright, effervescent wines of Galicia, and Verdejo in Rueda. - Source: - Catavino.net

Spain is not in the forefront of winemaking for its dessert wines, other than for its sweet wines from Sherry country including the highly revered Olorosos and Amontillados. But apart from Sherry Spain has a range of styles of dessert wines, ranging from the those made from the Pedro Ximenez grape primarily in Jerez and Montilla-Moriles) to luscious, red dessert wines made in the Mediterranean from the Garnacha (Grenache) grape. Some good Moscatels are made in Mallorca, Alicante and Navarre. The northwest corner of Spain, Galicia, with its bitter Atlantic climate, is even making dessert wines, called “Tostadillos” in the village of Ribadivia (similar to France’s “Vin de Paille”). The Canary Islands have made interesting dessert wines for centuries (they are mentioned by Shakespeare, for example) and in recent years the quality of winemaking has been improved and the Canary Islands wines are being better marketed now. The winemaking styles for “Vinos Dulces” are also diverse, from “Late Harvest” (Vendimia Tardía) to “Fortified Wines” (Fermentación Parcial). Based on in-spain.info.

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