Alion Ribera del Duero

2015

100% Tempranillo aged 14-16 months in 100% French oak, and another 20 months in bottle before release.

 

93+ points
"Produced with 100% Tinto Fino or Tempranillo grapes in a modern and fruit-forward style with generous oak, the 2015 Alión is juicy and intense, cropped from a warm and dry year that delivered a 15% alcohol red that is voluptuous and hedonistic. It matured for 12 to 14 months in oak barrels, mostly French and mostly new. At first I found it quite ripe, with black rather than red fruit, a little earthy and with a touch of licorice and ink. The palate reveals abundant, slightly dusty tannins without the quality they had in 2014; it's a little dry on the finish, a riper and more powerful vintage of Alión. The nose improved tremendously with time in the glass as it opened up, but the tannins remained quite present. It might need a little more time in bottle to polish those edges. 230,730 bottles and some larger formats where produced. It was bottled in June 2017."
Luis Gutiérrez,
Wine Advocate
, January 2019

SKU/Code: 
DB7657-15
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Tempranillo