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Community Tasting Notes (44) Avg Score: 91 points

  • Dinner with good friends at I Trulli (I Trulli, Flatiron, NYC): Deep blood, a little bricking. Deep and spicy on the nose, licorice, spice cake, molasses - blackstrap, really. Yummy, and gained a significant florality with more air. The palate is tannic tannic, brutally; it has fruit, and loads of acidity, but this is many years from resolving. Good, dense length displays its fundamentally sound balance. Wait... I wouldn't even try this for another 10 years, personally.

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  • Wonderful taste of the essence of Ribera. Had with lamb on the grill and it was all a perfect balance of flavors, each complementing the other

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  • Past its peak to the point where I am not comfortable assigning a rating. Fading fruit and minimal structure. Gentle and unoffensive, but incapable of inspiring.

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  • Initial score 92 upon opening. Color hardly showing any age whatsoever. Slightly orange rim. Nose jumped out of the bottle. Cedar, vanilla, blueberry, some tar. Really smells classic old world. Palate classic old world as well. Hard to ID specific fruits. Definitely vanilla and wood with some combo of sweet, tart, dark and bright fruit on the mid palate. Pretty complicated (or subtle) flavors besides the vanilla / wood. Not sure if wood is overpowering or the fruit is understated. Still lots of tannin left. 2nd night, if I didn't know what this was, I'd guess it to be a Chateau Musar! Developed quite a bit of that typical Musar nose and palate. Still drank very nicely 2nd night through remainder of bottle.

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  • Orange at the rim, tending to black at the core - leather, earth and slight strawberries on the nose. Significant sediment, when first opened this wine was very tart and closed - two hours in the decanter have made quite a difference: the wine has relaxed, put on weight and the acidity has become less searing. The wine is quite dense and powerful, but secondary flavours dominate, still a trifle tannic on the finish.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 1999, IWC Issue #87, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Bodegas y Vinedos Alion Ribera del Duero) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/8/2012, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 91 points

    (Bodegas y Viñedos Alión Ribera del Duero) Bricking dark red violet color; slight TCA, tart red fruit, currant, green herbs nose; tight, tart currant, dill palate with slightly drying tannins; medium-plus finish

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