Alión Ribera del Duero

2016

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

The 2016 vintage in Ribera del Duero is described by the Consejo Regulador as "fresher and more Atlantic in style, on the whole not unlike those of the late 80s and 90s." On paper, the Alión 2016 is as fully charged as ever, with 15% alcohol and atypically low yields for the region. However, it tells a different story in the glass. The alcohol is undetectable, and the structure understated. By reducing the proportion of new oak to 80% and aging some lots in concrete, the winery has responded sensitively to the character of the vintage.

The wine is extremely inviting as a result. The fruit is pure, aromatic and complex, reflecting the varying terroir in this triangle of vineyards between Pesquera del Duero, Padilla and Valbuena. There is spice and weight, but also great length and class. This is a true example of contemporary Ribera made without compromise.

Also available in 1.5L and 3L sizes!

95 points
"The highly anticipated 2016 Alión spent 12 months in oak barrels, 80% of them new and built mainly with French oak but with some 5% American oak, and some 10% of the volume matured in 15,000-liter concrete vats. It hits the scale at 15% alcohol and has moderate acidity, showing ripe black fruit and a creamy texture. 2016 has to be one of the freshest and most elegant vintages of Alión, a year with depth, freshness and terrific balance. Same as they do in Pintia, they are finding ways to lower the impact of the oak in the wine; here, they used concrete, and the wine shows more primary and floral aromas and is nicely textured and with fine tannins. 258,458 bottles, 7,017 magnums and some larger formats produced. It was bottled in June 2018"
Luis Gutiérrez,
Wine Advocate
, Dec 2019
96 points
"A very savory and succulent Alion with so much complexity of flavor 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. Release in 2020. Better after 2022"
James Suckling,
, Dec 2019

SKU/Code: 
DB7657-16
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Tempranillo
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