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Alion 2012

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Although it was released as a "second wine" of the famous Vega Sicilia to meet the demand that the winery could not satisfy, Alión for many years has exceeded that role to become an important wine on its own right. This vintage exhibits the full potential of Tinta del Pais (Tempranillo) with its renowned balance of power and elegance.

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Spain , Rioja
750 ml
Grape Varieties:
  • 100% Tempranillo
Alion Rioja 2012

"2012 has to be one of the best recent vintages of Alión. This 2012 Alión is pure Tempranillo from vineyards averaging 25 to 30 years of age, harvested at the end of September and matured for 14 months in new French oak barrels. The nose is much more elegant than the Pintia from Toro (I tasted them together), still very fresh and primary but with a special brightness of fruit, shiny cherries, raspberries, something effervescent, open and somehow exuberant. The palate is quite round, much more polished, with some notes of dark chocolate, some subtle volatility, elegant, fresh and long. It has the balance and stuffing to develop nicely in bottle. Superb balance, Ribera character, clean, modern classic." 95 points, Robert Parker

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