COUNTRY/REGION: Spain/Ribera del Duero.
VARIETY: Tinto Fino.
AVERAGE AGE OF VINEYARD: 30 years.
VINEYARD SURFACE AREA: 130 ha.
PLANTING DENSITY: 2,222 plants/ha.
ALTITUDE: 750 m.
YIELD: 3,600 kg/ha.
HARVEST: Hand-picked in 12-kg cases.
ABV: % Vol.
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.
Of outstanding personality, lots in Alion are guided through 12 months ageing in French oak barrels and 5% American oak, to obtain maximum complexity from the diversity of soil. This vintage was aged in 80% new oak barrels and the remaining in used barriques attaining, without a doubt, the most universal wine of the house; later resting in bottle until reaching a perfect stage for consumption.
Alión is a fleshy, complex, intense wine, where elegance plays a differentiating role and is the winery´s hallmark.
A very savoury and succulent Alion with so much complexity of flavour with berries, chocolate and dried meat. Some cedar, too. Full body. Vertical and very long. Purity of fruit and tannins to this wine. Needs two or three years to soften - James Suckling.