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Community Tasting Notes (22) Avg Score: 92.7 points

  • Excellent wine but a bit restrained. 15% ABV somewhat unhelpful, at least on this evening. Quality structure and fruit show through but will definitely benefit from more time in bottle and a bit more age.

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  • Retaining freshness at its core this was still tannic, but now showing full maturity. There was tar and black fruits laced with spice with a hint of balsamic notes. Savoury at first there was a sweetness on the fruit developing cream and silk on the mid-palate. Finishing with an impressive length, all the ingredients are now in harmony CHP 92 pts

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  • Dark fruit and fresh herbs on the aromas, smoky blackcurrant, creamy and showing early signs of integration. Red pepper and dry earth add a refreshing savoury edge. The palate carries the same dark fruit and peppery note, very rich but lifted, good energy. Thick but very ripe tannins; alcohol is evident in the weight of the wine on the palate, but well-balanced. A very promising, powerful wine, and delicious already.

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  • Alion 2016 has always been one of my favourite wines, and glad that it shares such similarities with this 2018 which showed so well (and so quickly - It was popped and poured) at dinner.

    Both are fresh and elegant vintages, from a cooler (more Atlantic) vintage with more rain than the average and a relatively late harvest in early Oct.

    80% new barrels, with up to 10% made of American oak which helped lend more sweetness to the wine. It was only since 2016 that part of the wine was matured in concrete. The oak is incredibly well balanced with the fruit and acidity, excellent!

    Blackberries on the nose with developing florality. Soft textures, medium-full bodied with a medium-long finish too. Tannins are strctured but well integrated too.

    Terroir:
    Alión comes from carefully selected terroirs located in the very best areas of the Ribera del Duero DO region. The soils complement each other, and allied with the same winemaking process used in Vega Sicilia, they have produced wines with a firm structure.

    Varietal: Tinto Fino
    Average age: 38 years
    Vineyard surface area: 70 ha
    Padilla de Duero, Valbuena de Duero and Pesquera de Duero.
    Planting density: 2,222 plants/ha
    Altitude: 750 m

    Thanks a lot for bringing this beautiful magnum (1.5 L, only 7,005 bottles ever produced by Vega Sicilia in this vintage) along to our NY Day dinner in MERA, brother Mika. Loved this!

    Farm to Plate and MERA, Damansara Kim, Malaysia
    1st Jan 2024

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  • Very good, as expected. Will buy more

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  • By Sarah Jane Evans MW
    Vega Sicilia, 7/1/2021, (See more on Decanter...)

    (Vega Sicilia, Alión, Tempranillo / Tinto Fino, Ribera del Duero, Castilla y Léon, Spain, Red) Login and subscribe to see review text.

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