Alión Ribera del Duero
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!