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Bodegas Alión 2018

  • Ribera del Duero
  • Spain
  • 75cl

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Bodegas Alión 2018 is crafted from 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) from carefully selected terroirs located in Vega Sicilia’s very best parcels in the Ribera del Duero region in Spain. The 2018 vintage was classified as fresh, with Atlantic influences giving the wine more elegance, purity and freshness. The result is a rich and elegant Alión that shows a dark, inky black in hue. The nose blends fresh fruits with graphite and oak. Alión’s distinct richness and elegance is revealed in abundance on the palate, there’s plenty of black forest floor fruits, vanilla and earth with a smoky, toasted oak undertone. Long and luscious on the finish with polished tannins and acidity. Bodegas Alión 2018 is ready to drink young or with many years in the cellar.

“The 2018 Alión follows the path of the 2016: it is fresh and elegant and from a cooler (more Atlantic) vintage with more rain than the average and a relatively late harvest between September 28th and October 12th. They used 80% new barrels, with up to 10% made of American oak looking to (in their own words) give more sucrosity and sweetness to the wine, as it’s a more vertical, tense and elegant expression of Alión. Part of the wine matured in concrete (something they started in 2016), and in 2021 they are experimenting with a 4,000-liter Rousseau foudre, as they want to keep working the texture and freshness. The wine is ripe at 15% alcohol and has a pH of 3.8 and a mellow 4.6 grams of acidity, round and soft. The wine matured until it was bottled in June 2020. The truth is that the wine comes through as subtle, elegant and balanced, with very integrated oak and a nice texture. It’s one of the finest vintages for Alión. 257,257 bottles, 7,005 magnums and some larger formats produced.” – 95+ Pts, Luis Gutiérrez, RobertParker.com 

We also have a further selection of older releases of Bodegas Alión available here.

Code:

SPALI18B

Bottle Size

75cl

Vintage

2018

ABV

15

Closure

Cork

Country

Spain

Region

Ribera del Duero

Grape

Tempranillo