From the stables of the world famous Vega Sicilia, Alión comes from a careful selection of terroirs dotted across the very best areas of the Ribera del Duero DO. These complementary soils, along with the same winemaking process as Vega Sicilia, have given rise to generously structured wines.
This is a fabulous example from Ribera del Duero and can be appreciated now or cellared for enjoyment in many years to come.
Alión is formed by a careful selection of plots spread across the best of Ribera del Duero. These plots, which complement each other, joined by the same viticulture as Vega Sicilia, have given rise to firm structured wines.
2017 was the ‘vintage of the frost’, but this affected Alión less than it could have thanks to their policy of aiming for surplus production, and to the double pruning carried out in the winter. In this drier and warmer vintage, the contribution of oak was reduced, using 72% new barrels, 18% used barrels and 10% concrete, to optimise the tannin texture as well as the wine’s freshness and length.
The Vintage The temperatures recorded during the month of January were slightly lower than expected, with heavy frosts. However, this trend changed throughout February and until the end of June, with average temperatures above normal (2°C to 3°C higher). The heaviest frost, which caused the most damage to the grapevine, was on the night of April 27. The cold front in the last few days of April and the first days of May passed quickly, giving way to high temperatures and some rainfall, which allowed the vineyard to recover well from the frost damage. Regarding rainfall, the amount of water accumulated in this cycle was below the historical average. The pronounced thermal differences (maximum versus minimum daily temperatures) in the first fortnight of September were of particular importance for the ripening of the grapes.
2017 was a challenging vintage, but with a glorious end result, maintaining the pure, modern character of Alión with both warmth and poise.
As James Sucking himself commented in his review:.."Lots of chocolate and berry with some coffee-bean and vanilla undertones. It’s full and layered with plenty of fruit, round tannins and pleasing complexity of smoked and toasted wood.
Vega Sicilia Alión
100% Tempranillo (Tinto Fino)
What the critics say:
94 Points - The Wine Advocate
"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%. The wine was 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. 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. It was bottled in June 2019". Drink 2021-2026.
Luis Gutiérrez for The Wine Advocate (Dec 2020)
95 Points - James Suckling (Jamessuckling.com)
"Lots of chocolate and berry with some coffee-bean and vanilla undertones. It’s full and layered with plenty of fruit, round tannins and pleasing complexity of smoked and toasted wood. Tar undertone. Very drinkable now, but better after 2022". (Feb 2021)