2017 Alion (Ribera del Duero)

Producer
Alion
Origin
Ribera del Duero, North central Spain, Spain SPAIN
Colour
red
Wine Style
dry
Dominant Grape
Tempranillo
Closure Style
cork
Maturity
drink or keep
Bottle Size
75cl
Case Quantity
6
Wine Score
94 points, Luis Gutierrez, robertparker.com, Dec 2020
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2017 Alion (Ribera del Duero)

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Luis Gutierrez

The 2017 Alión, the only wine produced here, comes from a challenging year marked by spring frost and a warm and dry end of the season, so they reduced the amount of new oak by 8%. It fermented with indigenous yeasts, and 10% of the volume aged in concrete, completely unoaked. The change in the oak regimen helped with the style of the vintage, which was marked by the frost that hit part of the Alión vineyards. Furthermore, the end of the season was warm and dry, and they had to work to control ripeness and power and perhaps the possibility of more aggressive tannins. It`s a classical Alión, with some developed aromas, juicy and round but not heavy, with just a tad of earthy rusticity. With time, it develops more balsamic notes and hints of licorice. 230,032 bottles, 7,04 magnums, 614 double magnums and a handful of bigger sizes were produced. It was bottled in June 2019. 94 points They never stop at Alión and keep renovating their cellar and winery to achieve more precision in their fermentations and using more concrete for the aging of the wines. They have 130 hectares of vineyards in the villages of Padilla de Duero, Pesquera and Valbuena de Duero to produce 250,000 to 300,000 bottles per year.

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