Very closed to start with but after 1h in the glass it comes to life. Bitter cherries, earth aromas. In the mouth black fruit, the earthy notes again. Feels like high alcohol as there is a very warm finish. Seemed a bit unbalanced but I'll give it the benefit of doubt and will keep it for a couple of years in the cellar.
Definitely a relatively balanced Alion with none of the overipe/raisiny side that it carries most of the time. We decanted and served. Just for the sediment this wine needs decanting. Well round balanced with good core of fruit. Felt a long older than a 2005 tbh. Well enjyable and seems to have good life ahead of it. 92
A lot of sediment. A lot. Cork broke in two parts while trying to extract it which is rare in my cellar. Oak was present initially, but I decanted the wine for 2 hours and everything went much smoother from there. Very clean nose of black fruit, a touch of leather, not terribly complex but everything in the right tune. Velvety in the mouth, with sweet oak tannins, good acidity and a good balance overall. Drinks very nicely and the wine is neither overextracted or overoaked as is typically the case with pretending reds from Ribera del Duero. I would say it has a great life ahead but the sediment is too much for a 9 years old wine.
Well balanced medium bodied wine. After nearly two hours of decanting solid tannins and bright acidity still present. Nose of raspberry. Developed secondary flavors as bottle remained open. Fruit was predominant but little coffee/cocoa. Well worth the price paid.
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