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 Vintage2003 Label 1 of 43 
ProducerBodegas y Viñedos Alión (web)
RegionCastilla y León
AppellationRibera del Duero
UPC Code(s)097985118059, 8436014251374, 8436014252234

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2021 (based on 41 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 91.5 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 156 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Jojala on 5/9/2015 & rated 91 points: Last bottle of some 6. Quite nice but no regrets having drank this up. Better bottle than the previous in 2013. Balanced but could have been from anywhere. (295 views)
 Tasted by PC73 on 5/2/2015 & rated 89 points: Sweet core of fruit. Well balanced. Would expect this to remain at high level for another 5 years. (410 views)
 Tasted by PC73 on 4/27/2015 & rated 90 points: Deep in colour. Still very primary, although starting to mellow a bit. Touch of eucalyptus and violet on the nose.
Lots of black currant on the palate. Long on the finish. (464 views)
 Tasted by acheng on 3/13/2015 & rated 92 points: Glad I bought some even though it was not exactly best vintage. Toasty oak with incense, dark fruit and touch of salinity. Drinking at a good spot right now. Prices have been inching up. Sediments not a problem at least with this vintage. (881 views)
 Tasted by PC73 on 2/22/2015 & rated 92 points: Very consistent with prior notes. This is in a good place at the moment although I would note it deteriorated on day 2. (735 views)
 Tasted by SoCal on 2/22/2015: I agree with the other tasting notes on this one. It is in a great place and should be drunk soon. It exhibits a great balance of fruit and savory aspects. Very enjoyable but not a QPR. (989 views)
 Tasted by PC73 on 2/18/2015 & rated 92 points: I think this wine is now in a good place for drinking. Nice balance. Lots of cassis and blackberry and blackcurrant on the nose and palate.
The heat seems to have moderated on the finish, which is a good thing.
Fairly rounded in the mouth.
a good bottle. (770 views)
 Tasted by jnewman77 on 1/31/2015: Certainly more of a modern styled Tempranillo, the nose is rich with cassis, black raspberry, tobacco, leather, damp earth, hints of vanilla. The palate is ripe, but maintains nice balance, and is relatively elegant. Quite nicely done and seems to be in early maturity now, but with years ahead of it. (1054 views)
 Tasted by MAA65 on 1/9/2015 & rated 95 points: Dark color, purple, deep, rich nose of plum, cherry, expresso, some tobacco. On palate concentrated but balanced,beautiful and balanced tannins, Spanish flare. Long rich finish. Beautiful bottle with many years to go. Sad it was my last bottle. Drank at Racion (1027 views)
 Tasted by Spirits for the Soul on 1/1/2015 & rated 92 points: Earthy - evokes memories of a root cellar, cigar box, old wood, meaty. Reminiscent of a freshly raked pile of dusty autumn leaves. I can appreciate why some would be put off by this nose, but it is a mature, complex old world bouquet.

Blackberry and cassis are predominant with undertones of charcoal. Soft round tannins and a finish that lingers....

An expressive complex wine. Very enjoyable. (872 views)
 Tasted by bonedoc on 8/10/2014 & rated 94 points: Nose reminds me go a Clarendon hills Syrah, olive/sweet boysenberry but is a softer version of these components on the palate. Very well balanced, drink over next 3 yrs. (2731 views)
 Tasted by rayq on 8/8/2014 & rated 92 points: not a formal note but from memory
This had a youthful deep red colour an enticing spicy nose and was fruity and fleshy on the palate. It has lost some of the oak of youth but still exhibits mainly primary flavours. This was very enjoyable and a welcome experience after an unimpressive 95 last year 92 (1008 views)
 Tasted by PC73 on 8/5/2014 & rated 91 points: Dark purple in colour.
Lots of fruit on the palate. Blackberry and cassis.
Still a really big wine. Needs more time to mellow (1799 views)
 Tasted by PC73 on 7/12/2014 & rated 91 points: Good bottle. Balanced. Nice fruit. Rounded in the mouth.
Drinking well. Several more years left. (1687 views)
 Tasted by PC73 on 7/12/2014 & rated 91 points: As before. (1871 views)
 Tasted by andtheodor on 7/7/2014 & rated 89 points: Typically Ribera aromas of old wood, funk, scorched earth, vanilla, plum, soy, tobacco. Spicy, sour plum, pomegranate, licorice, good acidity, still firmly structured. There's elements here I like a lot and some I'm not so fond of like the rustic, somewhat charmless palate. Much better with grilled lamb than alone. Hard to envision this seeing any improvement with time. (1775 views)
 Tasted by sgamiz on 6/20/2014 & rated 90 points: Tasted a little young with surprisingly high acidity (1641 views)
 Tasted by J2K on 6/9/2014: Decent fruit, smooth and a little creamy, expected to be a little bigger, drink now (1277 views)
 Tasted by phil the agony on 5/19/2014 & rated 93 points: Bret léger,animal,spic and span vanillé...

Je me croyais p-ê en Côte Rôtie.

Très beau ! (1228 views)
 Tasted by Villon on 5/19/2014 & rated 94 points: Beaucoup d'aciditié volatile encore une fois (certains parlent de bretts), je pense qu'on est avec un rhône nord un peu âgé. Très charmeur et élégant, belle profondeur, acidité légèrement déficiente, petit creux en milieu de bouche, finale un peu austère mais longue. Délicieux, je pense que ce vin est parvenu à son plateau, rien ne sert de l'attendre longtemps. (1325 views)
 Tasted by PhilJ on 2/15/2014 & rated 90 points: Lovely vanilla notes to this very smooth and rounded wine. No rush but good to drink now. (2328 views)
 Tasted by carstenf on 12/1/2013 & rated 85 points: Metallic nose and dry and not charming taste. It was a big disp.
Oh - what a shame. And I have from 04-09 in the cellar , hope the warm weather in 03
was to blame...... (2675 views)
 Tasted by jperez68 on 11/27/2013 & rated 94 points: Had to have this after I found out Spain had the #1 wine for 2013.
Excellent example of a great rioja with earthy note not very fruit forward,some plum flavors and slight vanilla. Straight finish on the earthy notes great wine with lamb or a nice porter house you can even throw in some french fries ala americana.Roasted patatoes will go well. (2096 views)
 Tasted by Strikermax on 11/2/2013 & rated 92 points: Donkerpaars, verkleurend naar baksteen. Redelijk ontwikkelde neus met kersen, pruim, tabak. Vol, rond en geconcentreerd in de mond met donker fruit, pure chocolade en mokka. Lange afdronk met behoorlijk drogende tannines, waardoor de wijn wat uit balans is (na 7 uur in de karaf). De tweede dag zijn de tannines wat beter geïntegreerd en is de wijn gebalanceerder. (2291 views)
 Tasted by SimonG on 10/25/2013 & rated 87 points: Rioja and Ribera (Cambio del Tercio): Curious dark, stinky nose. South African rubber from the bad old days. Blue black fruit. Smooth, a touch jammy. Thick. This should be labelled Malbec. Ribena is cheaper. Again, this could show reasonably with the right food, but coming at the end of an evening of mature Rioja is doing this no favours. *** (2544 views)
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (2/22/2008)
(Bodegas y Viñedos Alión Ribera del Duero) Dark red violet color; black fruit, blueberry and vaguely floral nose; nice, concentrated, lovely blueberry, black fruit with good acidity; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.  93 points
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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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